DENNIS SMITH – CHEF DE CUISINE
Dennis is originally from New York and moved to Florida when he was thirteen. He is a father of four children and has been married to his wife, Christol, for almost two decades. From an early age, when he was old enough to wield a spatula, he learned, concocted, and perfected recipes in the kitchen. He learned his first meal, scrambled eggs, from his mother at six. Since then, he has honed his skills at restaurants in Lee County, learning Italian, German, English, Caribbean, and American cuisines.
Dennis has a strong work ethic and drive to succeed. He has thirty-three years of kitchen experience, nine of which have been at Estero Country Club, where he began his journey as a grill cook in 2014. His high standards of excellence and dedication allowed him to work his way through the ranks, taking on the role of Sous Chef in 2017.
Dennis holds his kitchen to exceptionally high standards. His goal is to bring an amazing meal to every member every single time, as if he was still cooking for his mother.