New Executive Chef Brings Fresh Culinary Ideas to Luxury Amelia Island Hotel
Amelia Island, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has named Chef Sean Woods as their new Executive Chef, bringing to the resort an acclaimed culinary artist celebrated for his creative cuisine and food artistry.
He will lead the culinary inspirations throughout the luxury resort’s lounges, banquet events and restaurants including the AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Salt. Chef Woods joins the Amelia Island resort from Cherokee Town and Country Club where he also served as Executive Chef.
Chef Woods graduated with excellence from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America. Woods began his culinary career with The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and excelled to become Executive Sous Chef. To further his career, Chef Woods moved to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples where he assumed the position of Executive Chef. During this time, he was also the team leader of The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Management Training Program, where he assisted in opening 14 Ritz-Carltons all around the world. In 2003, Chef Woods joined The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes’ team where he was part of the opening team and helped launch the first celebrity chef endorsed restaurant, Normans.
In 2011, Chef Woods was recognized as an outstanding Executive Chef with the Award of Culinary Excellence, a global award that honors his professional accomplishments, dedication and leadership within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “My philosophy with food has always been to keep it simple, concentrate on real ingredients and try not to over manipulate them” says Woods.