Opportunities and Challenges of Running an Apprenticeship

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When Glenmoor Country Club (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) became a sponsoring house with the ACF, Executive Chef Penelope Wong quickly found that apprentices have a lot to learn but can be a useful addition to the team. As all of us become increasingly aware of nationwide staffing woes, we engage in ongoing searches for solutions to help […]


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 […]


Overcoming Discrimination with Dignity and Talent

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At Glenmoor CC, Executive Chef Penelope Wong believes that if you have the desire and the backbone to succeed in this industry, then nothing—and no one—will stop you. Picture this: a member walks into the pub area of the restaurant in the clubhouse. He sees the green felt covered table tucked away in the corner […]


How to “Make It” as a Female Chef

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Penelope Wong, Executive Chef of Glenmoor Country Club, encourages female chefs to stop trying to fit in and instead stand out. There’s a saying: “Women make good cooks, but men make better chefs.” Well, I just so happen to be a woman and a chef. So as part of that emerging classification, I feel a responsibility […]


Should Club Chefs Get Certified?

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Glenmoor CC’s Executive Chef, Penelope Wong, struggles with whether or not to get certified as an executive chef as she deeply questions the validity and value of what is being tested. How many of us ask this question of ourselves? I certainly do, almost on a daily basis. This is a tale of my own […]


When You Build Your Network You Become a Better Chef

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Penelope Wong, Executive Chef of Glenmoor Country Club (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), believes thinking outside the box is crucial to club food and beverage operations, especially in the new year. Happy New Year. For me, those three words trigger not only a period of reflection but an sense of hope for what the New Year […]