Royal Poinciana Golf Club receives the rigorous Golf Kitchen(R) Certification of Culinary Excellence.
Stamford, Connecticut (May 20, 2021) - Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples, Florida, is among the first recipients of the rigorous Golf Kitchen Certification of Culinary Excellence.
Diana DeLucia, president and founder of the Golf Kitchen brand personally delivered one of the first Golf Kitchen Certification of Culinary Excellence plaques to Scott Haegele, Director of Clubhouse Operations, Executive Chef Juan Pablo de la Sota Riva Leal, and the team at Royal Poinciana Golf Club.
"The Royal Poinciana staff and its membership have set have set a high bar for excellence in all areas," said DeLucia, who has amassed ten years of experience reviewing and visiting private golf and country club kitchens. "They have empowered their teams with the framework to continue to develop their exceptional culinary operations."
"Royal Poinciana received two great accolades this year—the Golf Kitchen Certification and the Platinum Clubs of America. I am so proud of my team and their commitment to excellence," said Haegele.
The Golf Kitchen Certification of Culinary Excellence is based on a rigid set of criteria and a club’s ability to produce an exemplary product, as evaluated by an independent review of the entire food and beverage operation, including but not limited to:
The evaluation criteria and process were created by an advisory board comprised of noted private club managers, chefs, and culinary consultants. As part of the process, clubs must apply to be considered for certification, followed by an on-site evaluation and a series of interviews with the culinary team and management.
DeLucia believes that club dining rooms will become the “go-to” restaurants of the future, an observation made even more likely in the era of COVID. “With more younger people coming back to private clubs, in particular younger couples and families joining clubs and moving into golf communities, the club’s culinary offerings are increasingly important,” she said.
For additional information about Golf Kitchen or the Certification of Culinary Excellence, access the web site at www.golfkitchen.com
About Golf Kitchen
Golf Kitchen was founded in 2014 by Diana DeLucia, an internationally recognized culinary writer/photographer, to recognize private golf and country clubs for the quality of their culinary offerings. The Golf Kitchen portfolio includes a bi-annual magazine, books, special culinary events, and an annual program, the Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards. which is held at GlenArbor Golf Club, in Bedford Hills, New York, annually.
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