Food demos and presentations by a slate of chefs at the top of the club industry started the first full day of sessions on March 6, with the ever-popular Chef to Chef Live held in the afternoon. Todd Walline, CEC, CCA, of Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo., won the Mystery Basket competition held in the evening, with a Vitamix blender as the prize.
The first full day of demos and presentations at the 2017 Chef to Chef Conference began on March 6 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
First to the podium was Edward Leonard, CMC, The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.), who presented on ways to build a culture of culinary excellence. Andrea Griffith, Executive Chef of Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., was next on the docket, sharing the farm-to-fork philosophies implemented at her property.
After a brief break, Simon Lewis, Executive Chef of The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., discussed ways to apply restaurant philosophies to banquet planning, prep and presentations. JohnMichael Lynch, Executive Chef of Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., then presented on how proper organization can help kitchen staff can produce multiple concepts on a single line.
In the afternoon, Philippe Reynaud, Senior Director of Culinary Operations at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., shared the innovative food concepts at that impressive property, including a fully operational food truck.
Chef attendees then broke into three smaller groups for the ever-popular Chef to Chef Live, which gives chefs the opportunity to discuss ideas, share anecdotes and offer insights in a more intimate environment.
In the evening, a reception included the Mystery Basket competition. Competitors included Brian Coseo, Executive Chef of Sea Pines Country Club in Hilton Head, S.C.; Todd Walline, CEC, CCA, Executive Chef/Director of Food & Beverage of Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, Mo.; Russell Rosenberg, Executive Chef of Union League Club of New York (N.Y.); and Micheal Armes, Executive Chef of Hound Ears Club in Boone, N.C. After three rounds, Walline emerged as the winner, earning a Vitamix blender in the process. Rosenberg, who came in second place, won a $250 gift certificate from Triar Seafood.