Executive Chef De La Cruz was overseeing the culinary department at The Club at Cimarron in Mission TX since 2007 a ClubCorp Club before coming to The Woodlands Country Club, The Palmer Course. Chef De La Cruz has been with the ClubCorp Family for 9 years.
His style of cuisine is a Mixology of world cuisines and “Blending Flavors”. With years of culinary experience, Chef De La Cruz served as chef for the Woodlands Resort in the Houston area of Texas, Aberdeen Woods Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa,“The Ultimate Hideout”, in West Texas, and various prestigious Country Clubs in San Antonio. He attended culinary school along with an apprenticeship program with the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) and the nationally accredited American Culinary Federation (ACF). Chef De La Cruz began his career at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, where he studied with the German Certified Executive Chef Paul Rossmeier. Chef De La Cruz continues to add to his experience by keeping up with culinary trends at ACF Chef Conferences and continuing education.
Chef De La Cruz has been recognized with the following;
2014 ACF Central Region Chef of the Year Semi-finalist
2013-2014 Texas Chef of the Year, Texas Chefs Association (TCA)
2013 Rio Grande Valley Chapter Chef of the Year, Texas Chefs Association (TCA)
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