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Club Magnolia is Proud to Announce the 2018 Masters Tournament
Celebrity Chef Line-up and Club Culinary Team

Chef Andrew Smith

Chef Andrew Smith

West Egg Cafe

Tuesday, April 3rd - Evening Cocktail Hour

Chef Andrew Smith joined West Egg Cafe in August 2015 with almost 20 years experience. As a Georgia native, he has worked at Horseradish Grill, Sala and Atlanta's oldest restaurant, Atkins Park Tavern. Chef Andrew has cooked at the James Beard House, Share Our Strength and taught classes at Cook's Warehouse, the Viking Store and Whole Foods. In September 2016 Chef Andrew beat out competitors from across the state to take the title of "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits" at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.

Chef Angus Daunt

Chef Angus Daunt

Parker's on Ponce Steak House

Wednesday, April 4th - Evening Cocktail Hour

One must assume that with a name like Angus, it can only be destiny that he would end up the Executive Chef of a steakhouse, Parker's on Ponce located in beautiful historic downtown Decatur, GA. Born in Savannah (because Statesboro didn't have a hospital), Angus Daunt grew up a true Southern boy in his childhood years in Brunswick, Georgia: sweet tea drinking, red meat-loving, Church on Sunday - not that he had a choice, being the son of an Episcopal minister. Read more...

Exec Chef Fuyuhiko Ito Exec Chef Fuyuhiko Ito

Exec Chef Fuyuhiko Ito and
Pastry Chef Lisa Matsuoka Ito

Umi - Modern Japanese




Thursday, April 5th - Evening Cocktail Hour

Umi Exec Chef and co-owner Fuyuhiko Ito, with more than 28 years of culinary experience in both traditional Japanese and classic French restaurants, this Tokyo-born Chef leads the culinary team at Umi, a new sushi concept located in Atlanta's bustling Buckhead neighborhood. Umi embraces Ito's heritage along with his unwavering passion for high quality ingredients and offers a diverse menu with international influences and both classic and progressive approaches to Asian fare.

Pastry Chef Lisa Matsuoka Ito presents a dynamic dessert menu at Buckhead's newest sushi destination, Umi. With classic French training and an adoration of chocolate works, Lisa marries modern flavors with her Japanese heritage to create beautiful pastry and dessert presentations. Read more on both Chefs...

Chef Jamie Lynch

Chef Kevin Ouzts

The Spotted Trotter Charcuterie

Friday, April 6th - Evening Cocktail Hour

Chef Kevin Ouzts, owner of The Spotted Trotter Charcuterie, has been able to show Atlanta some of what they've been missing in the world of charcuterie. Ouzts was first influenced in the world of great food by his entire family, all amazing cooks. However, his jouney to become a professional chef wasn't clear cut. You should check out how this Decatur, Georgia native transistioned from the big business back to his food roots. Read more...

Chef Jamie Lynch

Chef Jamie Lynch

5Church Group

Saturday, April 7th - Evening Cocktail Hour

Chef Jamie Lynch is a New York native and attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, where he was awarded a degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, Lynch was offered a position by New York Times' four-star Le Cirque 2000 Restaurant in The Palace Hotel. He went on to gain experience at culinary heavyweights Aureole, Cafe Boulud and Tocqueville before moving to Charlotte in 2002 to pursue his dream and open 5Church. Lynch has garnered many accolades such as being voted Best Chef in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Charlotte Magazine's "Best of the Best" Awards, and was most recently a Cheftestant on Season 14 of Bravo's Top Chef. He currently serves as the Executive Chef and Partner at 5Church Group, overseeing two restaurant locations in Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

Club Magnolia In-House Culinary All Stars

Club Magnolia has an all star team of specialized culinary professionals responsible for the daily operation of the varied food experiences located throughout the resort such as the Fairway Buffet, The Magnolia Club Bar and Grill, Smoked Pit BBQ, Wood Fired Pizza in the Beer Garden, the Oyster Bar and more. All geared to provide the perfect sanctuary for enjoying the Masters experience.

Chef Jeffrey McGar

Chef Jeffrey McGar

Culinary Director

Chef Jeffrey McGar was born and raised in Upstate New York and has been working toward mastering the culinary arts since the age of fifteen. Chef McGar has 24 years of management and chef experience in every aspect of the restaurant industry. Initially working in small Italian eateries and pizza parlors progressing to "American-style"� casual corporate restaurants, then on to fine dining and white table service. Moving to Atlanta in 1997, Chef McGar continued his education at Cherokee Town & Country Club, where he began a rigorous apprenticeship program mentoring under American Culinary Federation's, Certified Master Chefs.

Chef Edward Knipe

Chef Edward Knipe

Club Magnolia Bar and Grill

Returning each year since 2007, Ed Knipe will be bringing his culinary talents back to Club Magnolia yet again. A young chef who started out as valedictorian of his Pennsylvania culinary class, Chef Ed served the likes of President Bush, many celebrities and sports figures and has worked such prestigious events as Super Bowl, Nascar, Daytona 500, and the US Open Tennis on the traveling catering team for the Sports Entertainment Division of Compass Group International. Featured daily.

Chef Patrick McMurray

Chef Patrick McMurray

The Oyster Bar at the Magnolia Greens

Toronto born and bred, World Champion Oyster Shucker, oyster sommelier, restaurateur, author and inventor, Chef Patrick McMurray heads The Oyster Bar at the Magnolia Greens. Patrick won the World Championships of Oyster Opening - Galway, Ireland 2002, the only Canadian to win this most illustrious shucking contest in over 60 years. Patrick also holds three Guinness Book Records for shucking oysters, 38 in one minute, part of Team Canada - 8840 Oysters in one hour, and personally 1114 Oysters in one hour. He invented the Swissmar produced PistolGrip oyster knife, and shucking technique, that provides a faster, safer, and cleaner oyster and wrote the book "Consider the Oyster - A shucker's field guide." The next time in Toronto be sure to visit Patrick's restaurant The Ceili Cottage, an East End local pub with great food, patio, and music, designed and built by Patrick from an old Car Garage. Featured Thursday thru Sunday.

Chef Waylon Walker

Chef Waylon Walker

Chef Waylon's Wickedly Good Q at Pat's Birdie Bar

Waylon Walker was born and raised in Georgia, learning at an early age the art of cooking BBQ and Whole Hogs from family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Waylon and his wife Julie now travel the Southeast competing professionally in Kansas City BBQ Society and MBN competitive BBQ contests, earning numerous wins in whole hog, chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Waylon challenges the status quo by pushing the envelope in BBQ and southern cuisine for a memorable experience second to none. Featured Wednesday thru Sunday.