A South-African native, Rudi Liebenberg brings a wealth of experience and global recognition to his new role as Executive Chef of The Montenotte Hotel. A culinary veteran within the luxury hospitality space, his recent relocation to Cork, follows a 13-year tenure at MountNelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town and The Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg, prior to that.
Passionate about his efforts to help protect the planet, Rudi is known for his conscious, zero-waste approach to cooking which is reflected throughout the menus. Excited by the abundance of Irish artisans and producers, he is committed to sourcing local wherever possible, celebrating the best quality ingredients from the surrounding land and sea. In honour of his homeland, his cooking is infused with a South-African influence, whilst also drawing inspiration from Europe’s traditional techniques and emerging foodie hotspots.
His creativity extends to a love of art, brought to life through high-quality, visually appealing dishes which often begin as an illustrative sketch on paper, before being tried and tested in the kitchen.
In his new role as Executive Chef, Rudi is dedicated to fostering a new and exciting chapter in the hotel’s gastronomical offering, whilst contributing to elevating Cork city’s restaurant and bar scene