At the tender age of nine, his passion for food was ignited in his father’s kitchen and the passion revolutionized in his father’s restaurants in Italy, London and Florida, where he worked both front and back of house. Soon after, his zeal spiraled into a professional career that has taken Ricky to Germany, England, North America, The Middle East, India and China, where he held senior positions in a variety of five star restaurants and hotels before arriving in Malaysia more than fifteen years ago.
The opening of The Mangotree Restaurant in 1996 sees Kuala Lumpur’s first “open kitchen” concept designed by Ricky and he continues to enjoy a high profile in the Kuala Lumpur food scene. He has also been awarded The Best Chef in Malaysia (Expatriate) Award in the Millennium Gold Awards 2001/2002. His most recent accolade was the Hospitality Asia Platinum Award 2005/2006 for Excellence In Hospitality Personality Chef of The Year. He was also awarded the top four finalists Hospitality Asia Platinum Award 2005/2006 Entrepreneur of The Year. He has also enjoyed working in front of the camera, teaming up with Chef Wan a few times on his cooking programme “Hey! Good Cooking”, introducing TV viewers to Ricky’s recipes. He went on to star in a few other shows such as “Makan Makan” with Chris Ng, “Interflavours” with Kavitha Kaur, Jit Murad and Fay Khoo, and “R ke R”, including being a sport commentator for TV3 covering the international go-kart Indy 40 Prime Minister’s Cup as he himself is an ardent go-karter with his own Mango Racing Team. Lastly he has made several appearances again for TV3 as an analyst during the World Cup Campaign of 2002.
Having worked and travelled worldwide, Ricky has a wide and solid network of business associates from the five continents of the world, including close contacts with the Formula One Teams and is a Vice Counseiller in the esteemed organization, Confrerie De La Chaine Des Rostisseurs Bailliage De Kuala Lumpur. He also dedicates his time to young professionals by way of training and apprenticeship programmes with Taylor’s College School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Kolej Damansara Utama Kuala Lumpur School of Hotel and Management and Lycee Hotelier D’Occitarie De Toulouse, France and also sits on the IAP (Industrial Advisory Panel) and takes part in exams and lectures.
Ricky also ardently supports charity works and organizations and has worked with the Melewar Charity, Riding For The Disabled and MAGIC. He is also a keen supporter of The Mangotree Garden International School Kuala Lumpur GIS Little League, having sponsored and co-coached the GIS Little League for three academic years in 2001/2, 2002/3 and 2003/4.
Being in Malaysia for over fifteen years, Ricky has seen the “food scene” evolve, and having played a major part in it, he has now set his mind and heart in reinventing the wheel in the hotel and food industry vide a PhD thesis cum book, wanting and willing to work with colleges and the government, in capturing the industry’s progress over the past fifteen years and to help plan the next fifteen years to come, an informative reading guide to any and all hospitality individuals, the “old hands and the aspiring”.
Married to a Malaysian and blessed with four beautiful “CHITS” (Chinese-Italians), Ricky is here to stay. His children are already very at home in kitchens and restaurants … suggesting perhaps a 10th. generation of Parlanti chefs!