Rosemarie Tolbert began her career at the young age of 6 years old, acting as an apprentice and watching her mother prepare birthday and wedding cakes in their dining room in Monrovia, Liberia. Her love, appreciation, and amazing natural flair to create the impossible is what she eventually, as an adult, learned was a passion for the culinary and pastry arts. It has grown into an amazing career.
Leaving Liberia at a young age, Rosemarie attended school and nourished her formative years in the USA. In her free time, she prepared food and cakes for friends, family members, neighbors and anyone she met. She later pursued and obtained a certificate in Food and Beverage Management from the Baltimore International Culinary College in Baltimore, MD. From there, she spent 10 years in Hotel Management, culminating into positions such as Catering Account Executive at ITT Sheraton, and Catering Sales Manager with Hyatt Corporation.
Rosemarie Tolbert founded Ro-Zi’s Hospitality Group (RHG) after returning to Liberia in 2003 from the United States with strong foodservice management credentials. Her unending commitment to high standards, and a focus on training quickly transitioned Ro-Zi’s into the largest catering and food service company in Monrovia. Ro-Zi’s was overwhelmingly successful in serving the most demanding catering clients in Monrovia. Ro-Zi’s stellar client list included International Embassies, multi-lateral agencies, World Bank, many NGOs and local governmental agencies. Her lines of businesses included the following services: catering, corporate canteens and cafeterias, event planning both social and corporate, a restaurant, cafe and training opportunities.
Rosemarie’s hope to share her experience in the branding of excellence as she worked to “Lift Liberia” and reduce poverty and hunger,led to her long-term goal to open a Hospitality and Culinary school in Liberia . Ro-Zi's Hospitality and Culinary (RHoC) Institute was founded in 2013 on the principles of excellence in hospitality and food service in Liberia. It was to be the first professional training institute in the industry with a curriculum devoted to the field. With an urging from many to create a solution to service demands, the idea was formed to raise standards in Liberia for a country which thrives on hospitality without any formalized training.