Roderick Johnson, a chef for the Hard Rock Hotel & Café, has created some home style Greek specialties at their World Tour Buffet, including gyro, which he often calls "jie-roh." The pitas are popular with guests who indulge in the meaty sandwich stuffed with feta cheese and tzatziki.
Other than gyros, there will be Athenian-inspired foods like dolmades, pistachio, and spanakopita for the guests to try.
Johnson says that their Greek station originally tied in with the Summer Olympics which ran from 5-16 August 2016 in Rio. They do, however, plan to continue serving the Greek cuisine until November."
Keith Wittrock is Johnson's co-chef at the Hard Rock Cafe, and says that they both love experimenting with food, and adding the Greek dishes to their station has allowed them to "think outside of the box." They can expand their horizons, especially Johnson who is not too familiar with Grecian food.
The food at the Greek station is Johnson's interpretation of traditional Greek dishes and differs from the way most people would prepare these meals, which is quite ambitious. Their tzatziki and hummus dips did them proudly.
The Mediterranean Diet is a tasty, healthy option which includes a lot of grains, produce, and healthy fats which is one of the reasons that they would like to make it more accessible to Midwestern clients. They do, however, include sweet Greek desserts such as Baklava with its delicious layers of phyllo pastry as well as loukoumades, the Greek doughnuts with walnuts, honey, and cinnamon.
One has to have a sweet tooth to enjoy Greek desserts, and both Johnson and Wittrock enjoy loukoumades, just don't ask Johnson to pronounce the name!