1 Carolina Vista Drive, Village of Pinehurst
Pinehurst has a huge heritage and tradition of food, golf, and entertainment. It’s a very international clientele at Pinehurst.
I have an emphasis on bold flavors, wholesome ingredients, locally-grown with a focus on seasons, and perfecting techniques and working with the staff to execute it day after day. We definitely try to raise the bar. We have an emphasis on training of staff, and we are a very active member of apprenticeship programs for young cooks. We’re the host of a lot of externships for culinary students from many culinary schools in America, so we take advantage of all this.
If you stay at Pinehurst resort you get exposed to a lot of different things. At the Carolina Dining room we recently changed the menu, but we’ve kept the favorites— Veal Oscar, Steak Diane, dishes that people want to see over and over. We’ve put more flair on international and southern cuisine. Some golfers will eat in the same restaurant for the entire week. So the menus have to rotate, and we create specials every day, which is a lot of fun. I want to introduce more items, more techniques, train the next generation of chefs and make food and beverage a premier operation in Pinehurst so that it won’t only be known for golf but also for phenomenal food and beverage. That’s the idea.