Chef Santiago 'Jimmy' De La Cruz
2016 The Woodlands Country Club

Executive Chef De La Cruz has been overseeing the culinary department at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course at LEGENDS Grill and LEGACY Event Center for the past year. Before he directed the culinary department at The Club at Cimarron in Mission TX from 2007 to 2015 a ClubCorp Club. Chef De La Cruz has been with the ClubCorp Family for 10 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 and continuing education.
Chef De La Cruz has been recognized with the following;

2016 The Woodlands Food and Wine Week 1st Runner Up Chef of Chef Grand Tasting Challenge
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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