Currahee Club Golf Community Hires James W. Jones, CEC, as Executive Chef

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Jones to oversee culinary operations of new Golf Clubhouse.

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With the professional executive staff of the club already in place and their sense of perfection and attention to detail, it was an easy decision to want to join this highly motivated team.

Currahee Club, a private Georgia mountain community, announces the appointment of James W. Jones, CEC, as Executive Chef for the prestigious golf community in its new 48,000-square foot Golf Clubhouse. The title of Certified Executive Chef (CEC) is given by the American Culinary Federation only after years of training, managing and studying. Jones brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the private club and hospitality industry, and joins Currahee Club's golf and mountain community after a decade-long tenure as Executive Chef of the prominent Capital City Club of Atlanta. Jones is currently creating new recipes, writing new menus and training the newly-recruited kitchen staff of this unique golf community. His cuisine reflects his classic culinary training background, his experience with traditional old south cuisine, and his native roots in Louisiana fare.

While serving Atlanta's Capital City Club, Jones facilitated a ground-up opening of the culinary facilities at the Club's Crabapple location and commanded exceptional food quality and team performance standards. He also was invited to speak and cook at the Super Chefs Live Tour, as well as guest chef for various fundraisers and special events dedicated to groups such as Camp Sunshine, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, the Beauty Becomes You Foundation and the YMCA. Prior to this, Jones served in the same family of clubs as Assistant Executive Chef, where he was as an apprentice to a Master Chef de France. Jones also was Executive Sous Chef to the Banquet Chef at the four-star 103 West in Atlanta before becoming a Culinary Consultant for Crawford's Grillroom in Gonzales, LA.

"Joining the Currahee Club is the perfect combination of my background - the ideal marriage of an award-winning golf community and exceptional culinary potential," said Jones. "With the professional executive staff of the club already in place and their sense of perfection and attention to detail, it was an easy decision to want to join this highly motivated team."

Jones' passion for cooking began at an early age, preparing baked goods with his mother and barbecuing with his father. In 1994, Jones graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in culinary arts. He also is involved in his wife's consulting group, Ray of Light Consulting, which promotes wellness and nutrition through seminars and special events. When he's not busy in the new kitchen at Currahee Club's golf community clubhouse, Jones enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifiere, five year-old daughter Hannah and three year-old son Jacob.

About Currahee Club
Currahee Club, a mountain golf community located on Lake Hartwell, is just 90 minutes from Atlanta and 60 minutes from Greenville, S.C., off of Highway 17 in Toccoa, Ga. Currahee Club is a development of Whitley Development Group, Inc., a father-son team involved with successful, notable properties including The Bear's Club in Palm Beach, Fla., The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa in Jupiter, Fla., Colleton River Plantation near Hilton Head, S.C. and the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. For more information on Currahee Club, please visit http://www.curraheeclub.com or call (706) 827-1000 or (888) 560-2582.

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