How Kelly Greens G&CC Survived Irma

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As hurricane Irma approached Florida’s gulf coast, Kelly Greens G&CC’s Executive Chef Drew Tait and his team prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. My wife and I have lived in southwest Florida for over 20 years. We’ve survived many different hurricanes. But this year was different for us; this was the first […]

What It Means to Be a Club Chef Mentor

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Colby Newman, Executive Chef of Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Yacht Club, strives to provide his employees with the skills, knowledge and support they need to become the best possible cooks so that if they choose to move on they are more than prepared. When I was working my way up in the kitchen, it was important […]


Learning and Growing by Trial and Error

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Even though he’s allergic, Chad Myers, Executive Chef of Dubuque (Iowa) Golf & Country Club, still experiments with seafood and trusts the palates of his cooks and other staff members at the club as they work together to create the perfect dish. As chefs, I think it’s fair to say that we all come up […]


Why We Constantly Test Products—And Why You Should, Too

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Nelson Millán, Executive Chef of San Antonio (Texas) Country Club, welcomes professional sales reps who can provide him with new and innovative products that will help him improve his operation, his menus and himself. Vendors, suppliers and purveyors are the back bone of any foodservice operations. So it’s incredibly important to establish a great relationship […]


Why We Do Research and Development Sessions

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Executive Chef Edward Leonard, CMC, uses annual “R&D” sessions to improve the food, menus, restaurants and staff at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Research & Development—or “R&D” as I call it—is not only for chain restaurants, manufacturers or big food companies. In fact, it’s perfect for clubs or any type of culinary operation. Throughout my […]


So I Got Certified…

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After debating the merits of certification, Glenmoor Country Club’s Executive Chef Penelope Wong found the CEC certification process both frustrating and exhilarating. If you read my piece on certification, what I’m about to say may shock you. On June 24th, I gained my certification and I am now a Certified Executive Chef (CEC). If you’re […]