Chef’s Thoughts with Andi Van Willigan

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The biggest mistake Andi Van Willigan, Executive Chef of Bel-Air (Los Angeles, Calif.) CC made when she first started as a chef was not knowing her self-worth. Andrea (Andi) Van Willigan spent the first decade of her career working as the right hand to two of the most high-profile chefs in the world—Gordon Ramsay (of […]

James Patterson

Chef’s Thoughts with James Patterson

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James R. Patterson III, originally from Wilmington, N.C., became Executive Chef of Sedgefield Country Club, a McConnell Golf property in Greensboro, N.C., in March 2014. Patterson has been with McConnell for more than ten years and his dishes feature local ingredients prepared with an upscale Southern flair. Before joining McConnell, Patterson’s resume featured restaurant experience […]


Chef’s Thoughts with Jason McClain

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If Jason McClain weren’t Executive Chef of the Jonathan Club (Los Angeles), he’d be an actor or hedge fund manager. When he’s not hand-selecting bushels of sun-soaked Swiss chard or snipping delicate chive greens from his 3,000-sq.-ft. rooftop garden in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Jonathan Club’s Executive Chef, Jason McClain, can be […]


Chef’s Thoughts: Tim Drown

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Tim Drown Executive Chef, University Center Club Regional Executive Chef, ClubCorp Tallahassee, Fla. As Executive Chef of the University Center Club (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Regional Executive Chef for ClubCorp’s Business and Sports Club Division in the management firm’s Southeast Region, Tim Drown is experienced in identifying challenges, resolving them effectively and leading teams to success. […]


Chef’s Thoughts: Derin Moore, CMC

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Derin Moore, CMC Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef Reynolds Lake Oconee Greensboro, Ga. As Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations, Derin Moore, CMC, brings a diverse background to his new post at Reynolds Lake Oconee (formerly Reynolds Plantation) in Greensboro, Ga., a position he accepted in July. Before coming to Reynolds, Moore, […]