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Our Interim Culinary Team

Robert Saalfeld

CEC - CCA

RSaalfeld@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Chef Robert is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Administrator through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and has many continued successes as an Executive Chef at private clubs. He trained through a Certified Program before spending his summers studying at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Continuing Education Programs.  He is an accomplished ice carver competing for more than 10 years.  His most recent clubs include Riverhills Country Club (TX), Pelican Isle Yacht Club (FL), and Naples Lakes Country Club (FL). Chef Robert is a teacher and trainer at heart and loves to develop young talent.  He has extensive experience building and training culinary teams.  Chef Robert is currently on an Interim Executive Chef assignment at The Woodlands Club (ME).

Bill Ballard

CEC - AAC

BBallard@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Chef William “Bill” Ballard studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  He is a Certified Executive Chef and a member of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation.  He is a progressive Chef with broad-based experience in education, competition, and ice carving.  He has an in-depth comprehension of the private club industry and has worked for over 30 years in private clubs from Boca Raton, Florida to Bend, Oregon.  He has completed many interim executive chef assignments with Club Advisors over the past three years with tremendous successes. He most recently completed an assignment as Interim Executive Chef at The Club at Castlewood, Pleasanton, California, and is currently on assignment at Fairlawn Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Stephen Plunkett

F&B Professional

SPlunkett@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Stephen is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park). He began his hospitality career as Chef, Executive Sou Chef, and Executive Chef with Hyatt Hotels before joining Dave Seidl's Executive Team for American Golf Country Clubs as Food and Beverage Advisor. He was GM/COO of the finest Italian Restaurant and Wedding Venue in Scottsdale, Sassi Ristorante, for 18 years before joining the F&B Operations Team of Troon Golf Prive. Stephen also owns Sport Clips stores in Scottsdale. Stephen recently completed an assignment assisting Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Joel Corwin

Executive Chef

JCorwin@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Chef Joel's experience includes over 30 years of culinary operations in country clubs, hotels, and upscale restaurants.  He is a two-time Club Chefs of America exchange winner, winning top honors back to back for wild game as well as salad competitions.  Chef Joel's leadership in various clubs includes Evanston Golf Club, St. Charles Country Club, Kenosha Country Club, and Bull Valley Golf Club. His recent interim Executive Chef assignments with Club Advisors include Skaneatles Country Club (New York), The Fountaingrove Club (California), The Lookout Mountain Club (Georgia), Mt. Hawley Country Club (Illinois) and The Woodlands Club (Maine) and The Club at Ocala Preserve in Ocala, Florida. He is currently on assignment as Executive Chef at the Country Club of Paducah, Kentucky.

Travis Smith

CEC - AAC - CES

TSmith@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Chef Travis was recognized as the Apprentice of the Year upon graduating from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Apprenticeship in 1989. His Certifications include Certified Executive Chef (ACF), Certified Executive Sommelier (Intl Wine Guild), Pro Chef Level III from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), a Fellow in the American Academy of Chefs, and the winner of six gold and three silver medals in Culinary Olympics and World Cup competition.  Travis has been the Executive Chef of many top US resorts to include Vail and Breckenridge. He is an accomplished professor and director of culinary programs at The Art Institute of Colorado, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Wyoming. Chef Travis has earned an MBA from the University of Denver and a BS in Hospitality Management at Sullivan University. He is the Founder, Executive Chef, Sommelier of Bistro Colorado, Inc., which he founded in 2012. Chef Travis most recently completed an assignment at The Amarillo Country Club in Amarillo, Texas.

Pall Gudmundsson

Certified Master Chef

PGudmundsson@ClubAdvisors.com

 

Chef Pall grew up in Iceland and began cooking aboard a merchant marine fleet at the age of 15.  He attended the Culinary Institute of Iceland four years and upon graduation, went on to study under the great European Master Chef, Hilmar Jonsson, earning his certification as a Certified Master Chef three years later.  He came to the United States at the age of 32, arriving at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in beautiful Carmel, California.  In addition to many years of serving members in private clubs in the USA as Executive Chef, Chef Pall has also spent 12 years as F&B Director/Executive Chef at Resorts in California and Nevada. Chef Pall recently completed an assignment at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, Ohio, with professional development training of the culinary staff.

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