Despite Rohan being a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, he began his culinary training in his mother’s kitchen in New York City. The influences of her native country, Sri Lanka, coupled with the diverse cuisine of the city made an indelible mark on the young chef. At seventeen Rohan left NYC to attend the University of Maryland at College Park. He landed a job at the campus’ only full-service restaurant and began the long road to his career. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in Geography, Rohan sought other opportunities to continue his culinary training. Under Chef Pascal Dionot at the acclaimed L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Rohan enjoyed learning the basics of French Cuisine. In 1997 he worked as a prep cook at the historical Mansion on ‘O’ Street in Washington, DC, an influential private club and full service bed & breakfast renowned for its unique aesthetic and eccentric art collection. There he climbed to the ranks of Sous Chef under Chef Paul Ingenito, Executive Chef of the Mansion for over ten years. As Sous Chef, Rohan was honored to prepare meals for President Bill Clinton, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr., and the late civil rights activist, Rosa Parks.
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Rohan attended Le Cordon Bleu in London for further basic training in cuisine. He then transferred to Le Cordon Bleu Paris and received a Diploma de Cuisine for the completion of Superior and Advanced Studies. Immediately following training, Rohan completed a Stage (apprenticeship) under Executive Chef Dominique Bouchet at the Hotel de Crillion, Paris’ landmark hotel located on The Champs-Élysées. In 2001, Rohan returned to New York and worked under the auspices of Executive Chef David Burke and Chef de Cuisine Scott Ubert at ONE CPS (1 Central Park South) located in the Edwardian Room at the acclaimed Plaza Hotel. Rohan then moved to the west side of Central Park to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Michelin star restaurant, Jean-Georges. Following Jean-Georges, he moved on to the Nicole Farhi boutique restaurant, Nicole’s, located in the historical and original Copa Cabana building. Later, a stint in catering rounded out Rohan’s culinary experience in New York. He worked at the Hudson Hotel & Sotheby’s auction house preparing meals for New York’s special event clientele.
In 2003, Rohan moved to Los Angeles, California. He has been a chef instructor at the Chefmakers Cooking Academy located in Pacific Palisades. His classes included Spa Cuisine, Mediterranean, Basic French, Sri Lankan Cuisine, Grilling 101, and a 5-Week Learn to Cook Series. He was also Sous Chef at G. Garvin’s, a notable restaurant in Los Angeles. He has been private chef to film directors Jessy Terrero and Chris Robinson, as well as actors Adam Rodriguez, Mekhi Phifer, and Kevin Connolly. On film locations, Rohan has catered for talent including Kevin Hart, Sofia Vergara, Tom Arnold, and many others. Rohan appeared on a cooking segment for “Access Hollywood Live” with client actress Ali Landry. Most recently Rohan worked as the Executive Chef of Chef’s Diet, a spa cuisine, gourmet food delivery service in Los Angeles, California and currently moonlights for private Los Angeles clients.