Cody Middleton, one of the newly appointed Pastry Chefs of the Polo Club of Boca Raton, actively seeks new learning experiences to push his boundaries, grow and evolve.
Are Great Club Chefs Also Great Artists?
Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef at The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.), muses on chefs creating menus and dishes inspired by their moods, like artists often do with their works. Culinarians are referred to as artists. But are we really artists? Artists express themselves on canvas, in sculpture, or…
How Mentoring Will Solve Our Labor Challenges
According to Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef at The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.), the greatest impact chefs can have is to be mentors and teachers to those around them. We hear the term “culinary education” routinely used to explain those embarking on a career in the craft of cookery.…
What Being Fueled by Passion Really Means
For Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef of The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.), passion moves him forward. It fuels his work. It fuels his team’s work. And he believes it fuels the work of many of the club industry’s most talented players. It is time here at The Polo…
Change is Needed and Change is Coming
Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef of The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.) believes chefs need to offer their cooks a better work-life balance. So you want to be a cook, a chef, run a restaurant, own a restaurant, or perhaps work in the kitchen of a club, resort or hotel.…
Why We Do Research and Development Sessions
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…
Seven Keys to Culinary Excellence
Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef at The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.), strives to be the best by following these seven guidelines. I have been fortunate to travel the world and both work with and train under some excellent cooks and chefs who operate well above average and constantly…
Hire the Right People and Get Out of the Way
Of course [the Board has] to monitor budgets and approve capital expenditures—but then they should get out of the way and enjoy the club.
Hitting Some Nerves
There have been strong reactions to the subject of a Board’s involvement (although many choose to substitute “interference”) with club management.
The second time that Brett Morris considered taking on the challenges at The Polo Club of Boca Raton proved to be the charm—and the start of his path to Excellence in Club Management recognition.
Innovative presentations in an inviting environment provided a one-of-a-kind experience at C&RB’s Ninth Annual Chef to Chef Conference.
2017 Chef to Chef Conference Wraps Up in Atlanta
The ninth annual event, held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, ended on March 7 with chef demos and sessions on topics ranging from management and training to Latin cuisine, catering and banquet design, pastries and wine programs. The day began with a drawing for a Crown Verity grill, and the event also included a General Managers’ panel.
First Full Day of Sessions Held in 2017 Chef to Chef Conference
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.
Superintendent, Golf Pro Take On New Roles as Florida Club GMs
After 12 years as a superintendent, Matt Gaudet now enjoys “serving members on a broader scale [and having] more of an impact on people’s lives” as General Manager of The Forest CC in Fort Myers. As GM of Foxwood Country Club in his native Crestview, Fla., former golf pro Brandon Martin is hoping to enhance the family-oriented nature of the club to attract a new generation of members.
2016 Excellence in Club Management Award Winners Announced
The 2016 honorees through the prestigious awards co-sponsored by Club & Resort Business and the McMahon Group include Brett Morris of The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.); Raymond Kondziela of The Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, Ill.; Joseph Furlow of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, Calif.; and Charles C. Johnson of the Detroit Athletic Club. The winners will be recognized at an Awards Dinner held at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, Fla., on February 9.