About Beechwood Inn’s Chefs


Classes are led by Beechwood Inn’s Executive Chef David Darugh. Chef Darugh grew-up in his parent’s restaurant in Sonoma, California, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Johnson & Wales in Providence Rhode Island, in Dijon, France and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to Chef David Darugh, his wife Gayle, the Inn’s Head Pastry Chef, will share many of her famous dessert and pastry recipes.


 -Inaugural Chefs’ Guide to Chefs Presented in Coffee Table Book-  

          CHARLESTON, S.C., February 28, 2013 – For the past decade, the chef has been celebrated through reviews of food critics, bloggers, reality television and consumer surveys. Now, chefs themselves have a forum to determine the standouts from the star-hungry. Introducing the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America, the first-ever industry peer review of the nation’s top talent, scheduled to be released March 1, 2013.

          “Chefs know best,” states Bill Blalock, chairman and chief executive officer, Best Chefs America, LLC. “They are very aware of who is consistently at the top of their game and making strides in the industry. We are so pleased with the initial response and congratulate those honored in the guide.”

From March – December, 2012, Best Chefs America analysts conducted more than 5,000 confidential telephone interviews with chefs who were nominated by other chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country. The interviews consisted of a series of proprietary questions, and software was used to aggregate the data.  Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in the guide.

The results were compiled into a 386-page guide, appearing in a coffee table format, listing nearly 4,700 chefs and their corresponding restaurants throughout the country. Sections are broken down geographically and alphabetically. Michael Ruhlman, one of the country’s most respected culinary journalists and authors, volunteered to pen the guide’s foreward. Photography showcasing emerging trends and ingredients identified throughout the course of the interviews enhance the appeal of the book.

Rabun County Georgia Scored 4 Best Chefs America – putting the Northeast Georgia Mountains on the Culinary Map: Chef David Darugh, Beechwood Inn, Chef GAyle Darugh, Beechwood Inn, Chef Jenny Wilson, Fromage and Jamie Allred, Lake Rabun Hotel. Congratulations!

About Beechwood Inn’s Chefs

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