It's rare that a Las Vegas executive chef puts his name on a Strip restaurant, and all the more so at the famously luxurious Bellagio resort. Yet Roy Ellamar, who proved himself at the property's Asian-influenced Sensi eatery, has been given free rein to express his farm-to-table signature at the new Harvest by Roy Ellamar (which replaced Sensi in January).
"Harvest is my passion project," Ellamar said. "It has been my dream to create a restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip that highlights the best local ingredients, supports regional farms and offers sustainable cuisine."
"[This] gave me a great respect for the food and the people that helped get it there," he recalled.
Ellamar’s culinary career began with an associate’s degree from the University of Hawaii in 1994. After eight years of honing his craft at prestigious Big Island restaurants, he moved to the U.S. mainland, becoming chef de cuisine at
In 2008, Ellamar became chef de cuisine at Bellagio's Sensi and within three years became its executive chef.
"At Harvest, we're trying to cook on the edge of rustic where it's the middle ground between comfortable and sophisticated," Ellamar said. "We want to create a unique experience for our guests with our food and atmosphere."