Lance S. Cook, CEC, CCA, WCEC, CFBE, FMP, CFSM
Executive Chef
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Lance S. Cook is a 1996 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. During his intense training at this classical French culinary college, he received numerous honors. He has since earned the distinctions of Certified Executive Chef (CEC) through the American Culinary Federation; Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE) through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute; is a Certified Food Safety Manager (FSM) through the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals; is a Certified Mixologist through the School of Bartending; has appeared on Television, Radio and featured in numerous Newspaper spotlights.

Upon graduation, Chef Cook worked with the chefs of the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts – a Mobil Four Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel. The foodservice of this hotel has been honored by Zagat’s, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe, as well as featured in Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine and Bon Appetit. Chef Cook comes to Hammock Dunes Club after seven years at Wilson Country Club in North Carolina as the Executive Chef; seven years at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Albany, Georgia as the Executive Chef / Food and Beverage Director and four and one half years at Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Melbourne, Florida as the Executive Chef.

Chef Cook is thrilled to become part of the Hammock Dunes Club culinary team (in April of 2017) and stated: “I am excited to have an opportunity to work with such a beautiful club as Hammock Dunes and will put every effort forward into enhancing the gourmet dining and impeccable personal service that have been hallmarks of the Club. I plan to combine the talents of our staff with the Club’s original food and beverage concepts for a wonderful combination of cherished traditions and exciting innovations. It’s thrilling to be charged with creating a true culinary renaissance in the area.”


2019
  • Distinguished Achievement in Leadership Award from Board Room Magazine / December
  • Nominated Certification Chair / ACF Mid Florida East Coast Chapter (Daytona) / September
  • Silver Medalist - ACF KC Hot Food Duck Competition in Orlando / 3rd Place / September
  • ACF's NCR Magazine Cover - Classical vs. Modern Article / September-October Issue
  • 1st Place Overall / Category B / 5 Course Hot Food Presented Cold / ACF Nationals / August
  • Two Page Article in Sun and Surf Magazine in Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida / July
  • FMP (Foodservice Management Professional) / National Restaurant Association / June 
  • United Fresh Produce Association Excellence in Foodservice Award, Hotels & Resorts / June
  • Featured in Club + Resort Chef Magazine Article: "Setting Servers Up For Success" / April
  • Silver Medalist - KC Hot Food Pork Competition in North Miami / 2nd Place / March 
  • Featured in Golf Central Magazine + eSoutherngolf.com for recent Gold Medals / February
  • Gold Medalist - Wild Card Hot Food Competition in Myrtle Beach / 2nd out of 35 / January
  • ACF St. Augustine Chapter Local Chefs Competition / 1st Place Overall / January
  • World Certified Executive Chef (WCEC) through World Association of Cooks Society / January
  • Gold Medalist / ACF Chef of the Year (Regionals) in West Virginia / 2nd Place / January
2018
  • Nominated for the ACF Chef of the Year 2019 Regional Competition / November 
  • ​Gold Medalist - ACF KC Hot Food Pork Competition / 1st Place Overall / September
  • Silver Medalist - ACF KC Hot Food Duck Competition / 2nd Place / September
  • Nominated as the Certification Chair / ACF St. Augustine Chapter / September
  • On the Cover with a Featured Four Page Article in the "Chef to Chef" Magazine / January
2017 - 2015

  • Certified Culinary Administrator Certification (CCA) through ACF / 340 Worldwide / December '17
  • ​Inducted as Maitre Rotisseur into "La Chaine Des Rotisseurs" / February '17
  • 1st Place Overall People's Choice Award March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction / October '16
  • Voted as Employee of the Year "Jeanette Joynes Member Service Award" / Eau Gallie Yacht Club '15