The Leader of Country Club Chefs
Organization : The Club at Ibis
Name : Jerome Nicolas
Website : http://TheClubAtIbis.com
The Club at Ibis long has been recognized for its abundant wildlife, lush landscaping, state-of-the-art fitness and pool complex and world-class golf and tennis facilities. But when members are asked what they like the most, their collective answer is the food. Jerome Nicolas has been the clubâ€™s executive chef for 12 years. Originally from Grenoble, France, he belongs to the ChaĂ®ne des RĂ´tisseurs, an illustrious food and wine society founded in 1248. On any given day, he supervises 65 chefs and 25 support staff who stay busy at the propertyâ€™s four restaurants: The Bistro, The Atrium, The Pub and Panache. â€śIn a club, you need to be very aware of your members, understanding their needs and preferences,â€ť he says. â€śAn empty plate tells me everything I need to know.â€ť His dinners include meat and seafood options, vegetarian meals and gluten-free, low-calorie and low-carbohydrate dishes. â€śVariation is the key ingredient,â€ť he says. â€śWhen serving 3,000 members, many of whom dine with you multiple times a week, I like to keep it fresh.â€ť His most-enjoyable night is when guests are seated at the Chefâ€™s Table inside the fine-dining kitchen of Panache. There, they experience a dynamic dinner show as they watch him and his team make a mouthwatering masterpiece.