General manager upholds a long culinary tradition
If you’re looking for Patrice Rozat, you’ll find him at the helm of one of the most highly anticipated restaurants in Las Vegas, Mr. Chow. He’s general manager of the Chinese restaurant at Caesars Palace, the latest outpost of the chain first established 1968 in London by Michael Chow. The restaurants are known the world over as a favorite stomping ground for celebrities.
Rozat, born and raised in Baden-Baden, Germany, is a veteran of the hospitality industry, having studied at the prestigious Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and worked at prestigious venues in both Europe and the U.S. His goal was the Asia market, but, while working in the U.S., he met his wife—and joined the Mr. Chow empire in 2007 in Beverly Hills.
“I decided to stick around,” he said. “I guess with Mr. Chow, you could say I found my own Asia.” Before coming to Las Vegas, Rozat managed the Miami outpost, but it’s in Las Vegas where Rozat sees the future success of Mr. Chow.
“I am the leader of this location, making sure the traditions of Mr. Chow and Mr. Chow restaurants are being respected and the standards are being upheld, that this location becomes the best location that we have,” he said.
But above all else, Rozat explained, the goal of the entire Mr. Chow team is “to be real and to be kind. Sincere. We are sincere in the experience we want to give our clients,” he said. “We do it with our heart.”
Five Spices Old Fashioned
Mr. Chow takes the classic Old Fashioned cocktail and delivers its own spin. Served in a rocks glass with an ice sphere, the strong, smooth libation mixes Bulleit bourbon, house-made five-spice honey syrup, blood orange bitters and a splash of Luxardo cherry syrup. While Mr. Chow offers other specialty cocktails, another highlight here is the champagne. Upon arrival guests are greeted with a glass of Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot and the like before taking the elevator upstairs to the dining room. As soon as guests are seated at their table inside (Mr. Chow will also soon offer patio dining overlooking the stunning Garden of the Gods pool complex) a champagne trolley will arrive. “Champagne: It always gets people in a good mood,” Rozat said.