Welcome to Chef Rey Eugenio's website
Welcome to Chef Rey Eugenio's website
I am a native of the Philippines and have lived in Japan, Florida, and Maryland. I grew up in a household where the family meal was the most coveted part of the day. The daily meal was not just a time to eat, rather it was a time to be together as a family cooking and utilizing recipes passed down from generation to generation. My excitement about the culinary world stemmed from the cherished memories of my childhood in my family’s kitchen and around our dinner table. I was first introduced to the professional world of cooking during high school when I enrolled in a Commercial Arts and Culinary Management program, in Jacksonville, Florida. I began competing in and was successful at culinary competitions across Florida. Through the advice of my instructors, I decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts.
Upon graduation, I began exploring different styles of restaurants and cuisines in different positions. From open pit barbeque, fresh seafood and steak houses, Italian and Mediterranean restaurants my early work experience is varied. Each job gave me a skill set that would be useful in the culinary field.
After completing a culinary internship with Marriott hotels, my career turned to a more focused path because I was introduced to how enormous the culinary and hospitality field is. I was intrigued by the daily operations of a large-scale hotel.
I went on to train under a certified master chef as a line cook at The River Club of Jacksonville. From there, I felt I needed to continue to expose myself to an environment with more challenges and accepted a position at The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Florida. I worked in a casual seafood themed restaurant that served three meal periods a day, which included room service. After a year, I was promoted to work in the fine dining restaurant at the same location and worked with a team of chefs that helped shape me into the leader I am today. The Grill Room at the Ritz Carlton was one of three restaurants that was rated 5 stars Mobile Guide and 5 diamonds by M. The restaurant was global cuisine that used the freshest and most current ingredients from all over the world on a daily basis. With monthly menu changes, daily five course menu tasting's and chefs table menus up to thirteen courses, my time at The Grill Room was inspiring. Having access to unlimited resources was a creative challenge that I enjoyed.
After seven years with The Ritz Carlton, I was part of an opening team as an Executive Sous Chef of one of the most prestigious private clubs in Naples, Florida.
My next culinary move was to work for a world-renowned chef, Roy Yamaguchi. I accepted a position at the Roy’s in Jacksonville Beach, which is a Hawaiian Fusion restaurant and then moved to Baltimore, Maryland to work at the Roy’s there. After three months in Baltimore, I was promoted to Chef Partner of the Baltimore Roy’s restaurant. In seven years, I was named Chef Partner of the year three times out of all Roy’s restaurants and helped exceed company goals in increasing revenue, guest satisfaction, and employee retention and food quality.
I stayed in Baltimore and was hired to open, develop and create an upscale Modern Greek cuisine restaurant in the highly desired Harbor East neighborhood. In as little as six months, Baltimore Magazine ranked the restaurant as the number one restaurant in Baltimore, a title that had stayed with a previous restaurant for ten years.
Currently, I am enjoying my time with my family as I plan for my next culinary commitment. I am hired by celebrities to travel and cook for events across the country and am available for consultation services and other culinary needs.
My services range in all aspects of a restaurant operation. I enjoy the fast pace and high energy of the restaurant industry. It is a treasured journey to have the ability to introduce new flavors and cuisines to people and seeing excitement in their faces and reactions. I revel in something as simple as taking a raw ingredient and putting time into it for a final result of something new to a bigger project of menu design and consultation. Below is a list of services in which I am available for hire:
This service provides peace of mind for any organization or chef who is planning time away and needs an experienced leader in kitchen operations, managing staff, and service.
Please contact for consultation fees