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Johnny Carino has more than 30 years of culinary experience. 

The Jekyll Island Club Resort Names Johnny Carino Executive Chef

The Jekyll Island Club Resort welcomed Johnny Carino as Resort Executive Chef. Founding chef and namesake of the Johnny Carino Restaurant brand, Carino is an industry-recognized professional who brings over 30 years of culinary experience to the role.

This historic Gilded Age resort, managed by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, sits sovereignly on Jekyll Island in the heart of coastal Georgia’s captivating Golden Isles region. The resort features five restaurants and bars, chief among them the AAA Four Diamond-rated historic Grand Dining Room. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Carino to the Jekyll Island Club Resort,” says Douglas Rucker, Area Managing Director. “He brings not only a wealth of culinary experience to the resort and our varied outlets, but also his signature creative flair and unending passion for the art of cooking. We know Chef Carino’s ability to craft exquisite dishes, combined with his effortlessly confident approach will allow him to lead our talented culinary team to continued success.”

Carino has touched every part of the culinary world, from high-end concepts and five-star hotels to global restaurant openings and even television, as host of a cooking show featured on PBS. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.  Carino most recently served as Chief Culinary Director for his Chef Johnny Carino Companies. Having worked at hotels on St. Simon’s Island and Sea Island, Georgia, Carino is familiar with the Golden Isles area and the coastal influence and flavors the area is known for. 

A skilled leader with experience in all areas of kitchen leadership including team building, operations and controls, restaurant openings, and food and product development, Carino will oversee all food and beverage operations at the Jekyll Island Club Resort including banquets and catering, the Grand Dining Room, The Wharf and Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar.

“I am very excited for this new journey on Jekyll Island,” says Carino. “The resort's culinary team's talent is second to none and I look forward to empowering them to take our efforts to new heights. I put my heart and soul into all I do and I cannot wait to capture the essence of the storied resort in our food and beverage offerings – contributing to the already impeccable culinary legacy of the Jekyll Island Club Resort.”

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