Gordon Ramsay Taps Chopped Champion for Head Chef
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino has named Chef Georgeann Leaming as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. The British pub is modeled after the famous concept at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and one of Atlantic City’s top dining destinations. The Season 19 champion of The Food Network’s Chopped series brings a diverse culinary background to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, spanning from popular Philadelphia eateries to upscale Italian cuisine. Leaming gained kitchen and management experience at a variety of establishments throughout Atlantic City, including Harrah’s Resort and Showboat Casino. During her tenure along the Jersey shore, Leaming mastered the art of front and back house work, room service, banquets, and more. She went on to serve as opening executive chef at Latz’s By The Bay in Somers Point, New Jersey.
“We are thrilled to welcome Georgeann to our culinary family here at Caesars Atlantic City,” says Joe Guinta, regional vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Entertainment, overseeing culinary operations for Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. “Caesars strives to offer our customers world-class dining experiences, crafted by our region’s top chefs, and when we first met Georgeann, we felt she was the perfect fit to head the team at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. As both a highly-recognized and notable chef in our area from her experience as a Chopped champion, we are excited for her to bring a fresh approach to dining at Caesars.”
Leaming describes her cooking style as “clean and simple recipes that highlight the main components of the dish.” Rather than pigeonhole her specialties to one particular technique or ethnicity, Chef Leaming prefers to work various cultures and flavors into her menu. “At the end of the day, I want a beautiful dish that tastes great and makes the person eating it happy," she says.
The menu will feature time-honored favorites, such as Ramsay Prime Burger with Truffle Cheese and Truffle Aioli; Chicken Pot Pie; Ramsay’s famous Beef Wellington, and Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Aligot Potato Puree. Chef Leaming’s additions include Grilled Kurobata Pork Chop with Mission Figs, Golden Raisins and Bourbon Whole Grain Mustard Sauce; and Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Red Lentil Mash. Vegetarian and gluten-free menus are also available, as well as 18 beers on tap and 38 bottled options from both worldwide and local breweries, along with a unique menu of crafted cocktails.