Westin Dining 
The Westin Kuala Lumpur · 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 · Kuala Lumpur  · 
Malaysia · 
Phone: (60) (3) 2773 8338 · 
Fax: (60) (3) 2773 8581 · 

Ricky Parlanti, Italian Chef De Cuisine at The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Coming from a family with culinary background, Chef Ricky is the ninth generation of chefs in the Parlanti family. With over 35 years of culinary, food and beverage experience and exposure under his belt, Ricky has an extensive resume that traversed him across the different continents of the world and today he joins the Prego culinary team at The Westin Kuala Lumpur as the Italian Chef de Cuisine.

Having a strong passion for food, Ricky worked with numerous five-star restaurants and leading hotels in the world of various countries holding senior and consultancy positions for all food and beverage aspects, designing and opening of restaurants, revamping concepts and menus, as well as overhauling the food and beverage operations. To name a few local organizations, Ricky has managed the famous Dining in the Dark KL, The Steakhouse KL and The Whiskey Bar. On the international scene, he managed food and beverage catering at The Stone House Heritage Sanctuary in Tasmania, Australia. He also opened the first Italian restaurant, Valentino at Hyatt Regency Delhi in India and established an Italian restaurant, The Roma at The Peninsula Beijing in China. While he was working his way up the ladder, Ricky also designed and opened his own multi-award winning restaurant, The Mangotree Restaurant.

Chef Ricky Resized

While pursuing his career, Ricky has won several achievements which proven his talent as a chef-cum-restaurateur. One of the major highlights of his achievements is the Hospitality Asia Platinum Award 2005/2006 for Excellence in Hospitality Personality Chef of the Year and The Best Chef in Malaysia (Expatriate) Award in the Millennium Gold Awards 2001/2002. As a qualified Master Chef by ALMA La Scoula Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, the most prestigious culinary institute in Parma, Italy, the celebrity chef himself teamed up with a few local celebrity chefs for several varieties of TV cooking programmes like “Hey! Good Cooking” with Chef Wan.

Hailing from Tuscany, Ricky is determined to only deliver quality food and mesmerizing gastronomic experiences to his diners, adhering to his one philosophy, which is to use only the freshest and most prestigious quality ingredients available with the contadino in mind, every dish cooked to order ensuring freshness, only then serving his guests. Although presentation is important, Ricky emphasizes on taste and flavor of a dish, he says, “Food should speak for itself as nothing can beat the quality of a well-prepared dish”.

Chef Ricky Preparing Dish

Ricky aims to bring the authenticity of Italian flavors to Prego diners, tracing back the genuine roots of Italian cuisine, and adapting it to the Asian palette, further enhancing Prego’s dishes. Ricky’s personal favorites from the current Prego menu includes the popular Carbonara e Castelmagno (Special Carbonara in Castelmagno Cheese Wheel), Rissoto ai Funghi Selvatici e Parmigiano (Rissoto, Wild Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese) Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Grilled Grain-fed Angus T-bone Steak), Burrata con Verdure Grigliate (Burrata Cheese with Grilled Spring Vegetables) and the tender Branzino in Crosta di Sale (Salt-crusted Sea Bass)He would like to use his proficiency in culinary to enhance the authenticity of these dishes.

Chef Ricky

Focusing on personalization, Ricky loves getting first-hand feedbacks and comments from diners which enables him to customize the dishes according to their desired taste. Occasionally, he designs a Menu Sorpresa (Surprise Menu) for diners by incorporating diners’ preferences into his dishes, providing them a tailored culinary experience, creating flavors that sometimes would bring diners to a trip down memory lane.

Ricky prioritizes his family and enjoys spending leisure time with them whenever he can, especially with his children. He is also a sports enthusiast – football fanatic, cycling, jogging, water-skiing and an avid motor sports buff. He also enjoys collecting stamps and coins of various countries just to pastime. As a compassionate individual, Ricky loves organizing and sponsoring for charitable events voluntarily, and is a keen environmentalist, he strongly believes that every individual can make a difference.