Bob Burns | Austin Country Club

42 years in the kitchen cooking up award winning dishes

Background

  • Executive Chef at Austin Country Club since 2008
  • Has worked in the private club industry for 42 years; 38 years as an Executive Chef
  • Received an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and has taken coursework in applied management
  • Member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) since 1978
  • An ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC) since 1993
  • Member of the ACF’s honorary society, the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) since 1999
  • Manages, mentors, and trains a staff of 38 culinary employees

Austin Country Club

  • Founded in 1899, is one of the oldest existing clubs in Texas and home to the great golf instructor, Harvey Penick
  • A large, diverse, active membership
  • 3 main dining rooms, a large ballroom, and seasonal dining areas
  • Daily meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Seasonal menus change quarterly; also offer daily features
  • Menus are developed around a core of club favorites enhanced by prime beef, direct-sourced seafood, wild game, and premium vegetables
  • On most holidays culinary staff serves 800 to 1500 members
  • Many banquets and private events, ranging in size from small groups to over 800

Professional Development

  • A life-long learner, has used the educational sources available to club chefs to evolve club cuisine
  • Has effected change in the dining preferences of club members by introducing new foods and cooking techniques
  • Passes on to his employees the mentoring and training he has received
  • Mentored students through the ACF Apprenticeship program
  • Taught classes through the ACF and CMAA (Club Management Association of America)
  • Learned from competing in professional culinary competitions
  • Served on boards and advisory committees for culinary schools
  • Enjoys traveling and learning about foods in areas he visits

Vision/Philosophy

  • Believes in understanding where our food comes from
  • Has always supported local farmers and ranchers

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