The Restaurateur – Chris Tsatsakis from The Rock
The Rock All Day Diner is not Chris Tsatsakis’ first rode; his love affair with food began 35 years ago, when he came to South Africa and started his journey with Steers.
Passionate about reinvention, he’s always in pursuit of the next project, drawing inspiration from his travels around the world. As a Restaurateur, he thrives on the thrill of creating something out of the nuggets of inspiration he collects and pieces together to make magic. His greatest inspiration is his children, from whom he draws some of his best ideas.
From his first burnt boiled egg to Jimmy’s Killer Prawns, Café Nescafé to Kuzina, Koi to Kitchen Bar and Mythos; Chris has tried his hand at a plethora of passions when it comes to food.
When opening the fast-casual establishment BBQ Workshop in 2015, Chris pioneered the international trend of cooking on coal. The Rock All Day Diner, Kyalami and Design Quarter is an evolution of the brand, with its namesake from the woodfire and coal rock grill, upon which many of the Mediterranean meals are prepared.
The chicken Excalibur, dramatically served on a sword, is one of Chris’ signature dishes at The Rock. With consistency as his secret ingredient, guests always know what to expect, with something for everyone on the menu.
A proudly South African experience, with everything manufactured locally, Chris is in the business of people. His team are committed to managing the intimate guest experience, from arrival to departure, with astute attention to detail.
The Carnelian, named after the vibrant stone that boosts the power of true expression, is located above The Rock, and is open for drinks, private dining and functions as well as offering a signature menu to loyalty cardholders. With plans to open several new stores across Johannesburg, Chris would not be able to pursue his passion without the love and support of his family and two brothers.
A: Shop 78 Kyalami Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Pitts Avenue and Main Road, Kyalami.
A: Design Quarter, William Nicol Drive and Leslie Avenue, Sandton.
T: 010 020 6847
Words Taryn Louch. Images Supplied
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