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Shamarie James

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Lanydrek "Christ" Pandzou

Roland Park PlaceSoBe Restaurant

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:45pm (doors open at 5:30pm)



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Points South Latin Kitchen
1640 Thames Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231

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Shamarie James
Executive Chef
Roland Park Place

Chef Shamarie James

About the Chef

Chef James is from St. Catherine Parish in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to Baltimore in 2012 from Bald Head Island in North Carolina where he worked as a sous chef.

Chef James began cooking at the age of seven, working in his great-grandmother’s restaurant in Jamaica. He studied at the Providence, Rhode Island and Denver campuses of Johnson & Wales University, and has been at Roland Park Place since 2012.

"One of my favorite types of food to cook is new world cuisine. Why? I have a passion to use ingredients that are different and uncommon, especially Ackee. For example, I ‘ll combine something like Doctor Fish with herbs and spices such as vanilla beans, mash potatoes, scobonate pepper, and chives. When all of these things are combined, it creates a different profile that really wows not only the guest, but my team. My style is rooted in my upbringing, but kept current through my continuing education of emerging food trends", Chef James tells us.

Influences

"I have a love for the dishes I grew up with. The residents love when I create them for the menu. My top dishes include Ackee & Slat fish which is my national dish, escovietch fish and curry chicken. When I have them on the menu, residents want to speak with me about my history. It’s a teachable moment to show how cooking can bridge so many differences when it comes to culture."

"My cooking style has always been a tribute to my Jamaican roots. I developed a passion at the age of seven, working in my grandmother’s restaurant in Kingston. At a young age, she had me on food prep. This sparked my creativity with food pairings. My grandmother continues to be my inspiration. She is what lead me to pursue a cooking degree. To this day, we talk all things cooking. She continues to run her restaurant and I talk with her regularly about ways I can improve upon my Jamaican dishes. She always taught me the importance of listening to a customer and keeping a kitchen happy for everyone who works in it. Those points follow me today in my role at Roland Park Place."

Restaurant

<b>Roland Park Place</b>

Roland Park Place

About the Restaurant

Roland Park Place is a senior living community with a top restaurant for residents and guests. Roland Park Place is the only full-service, accredited nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Baltimore City and a leader in aging services for older adults and their families. RPP offers premier access to city life coupled with the comfort and convenience of suburban living - all in a beautiful, landscaped, park-like setting with breathtaking city skyline views.

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Lanydrek "Christ" Pandzou
Executive Chef
SoBe Restaurant

Chef Lanydrek

About the Chef

Originally from Republic of Congo in Central Africa, Christ Lanydrek is a native French Chef who was already showing his culinary inclination at the age of five, when he surprised his grandfather by ordering “escargots” at a restaurant. By the age of 12, he had developed a full-fledge passion for tasty food living in a farm with his grandparents and knew at that point he wanted to study culinary arts. With the help of his grandfather “a two star Michelin chef” and the encouragement of is mother Christ Lanydrek was determined to become a great chef.

Upon graduating in Classic French, Restaurant Managements and International Cooking from the Academi Culinair de France, Christ completed his apprenticeship at le Grand Chef Bistro. He first started his career there before he joins the kitchen brigade at Le Grand Bistro a place he will forever call home. He later decided to move to the US to reunite with his mother and brother following a tragic death of his mentor grandfather. During that time, he also took on the opportunity to share his experience and taught apprentice cooking at North Carolina A&T University and Bennett College as sous chef for Sodexo.

In 2014, Christ was delighted to move to Washington, DC as Chef the Cuisine at Le Grenier Bistro and years later became the Executive Chef for Colony South Hotel and Conference Center and now Sobe Restaurant and Lounge, it’s with love that he spends time to discovering new local flavors and products and goes on a culinary experience once year around the world to create new dish and bring quality food for his guest. He continued to be actively involved in the community, giving back to less fortunate and never stop sharing his knowledge with everyone via school appearances, cooking demo or TV shows.

At home, he enjoys cooking for his lovely Son, Mother and Brother. He loves when they all help to prepare the ingredients together and sit around the kitchen island waiting to sample first-hand his famous Risotto with truffles. At work, Christ strives to excel through simplicity, by presenting his guests with dishes of exceptional quality. His style is described as innovative and classical. Using French culinary principles as a foundation and adding the endless supply of regional ingredients, he creates dishes that are simple yet elegant letting the essence of the star ingredients shine through. He works to deconstruct recipes, reinventing them with the products presenting the freshness and most intense flavors.

Awards

Chef Christ has received several honors such as the Silver Medal at the NC Chef League, Silver Medal at Mason Dixon Master Chef competition and a Gold Medal at the Arlington cooking competition. He is a true epicurean and loves to treat his friends to his new creations to get their feedback before introducing them on the restaurant menus. His culinary philosophy and passion reflect the current trend towards a healthier and naturally nutritional diet. Working with neighboring farmers to seek out the finest in regional and local organic produce, is the essence of his cuisine.

Restaurant

<b>SoBe Restaurant</b>

SoBe Restaurant

About the Restaurant

SoBe Restaurant and Lounge surpasses the ordinary in Prince George's County through superior customer service and a distinguished and inspired menu. We only use the freshest ingredients and employ cutting edge cooking techniques to give you a one of a kind dining experience.

Located in the heart of Prince George's County, we offer refined lunch and dinner menus featuring fresh seafood and a fusion of Latin, Asian, American, and Italian fare. We serve fresh fish daily and our chef complements our entrées with locally grown, seasonal vegetables.