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Kenny Gilbert
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Golf has ruined many things: it's an instrument of the hegemony, a water suck and also I'm very bad at it. But today was perhaps the awfullest day in golf since Tiger Woods ran into a tree or Arnold Palmer double bogeyed 6 on the 18th hole of the US Masters back in 1961. Yes, today, ladies and gentlemen, named [RE-IT'S KENNY!-DACTED] Executive Chef at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Florida and that means, most likely, [RE-OMG, IT'S KENNY!!!-DACTED] didn't win $125,000 from the makers of Dial Nutriskin because if he did, would [RE-KENNY-MOTHERFUCKIN-GILBERT!-DACTED] really take a gig at a country club? And since [RE-CAN YOU HEAR ME? IT'S KENNY! DAMMIT!-DACTED] didn't win, it's almost certain that [ANGELO SO-REDACTED-SA] did. Fuck you, Golf. I should be upset but I suppose it's just par for the course. [Get it?]

Kenny Gilbert Named Executive Chef at PGA National Resort & Spa

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- PGA National Resort & Spa -- home of the newly-reinvented Ironwood Grille restaurant and trend-setting iBAR lounge -- announces that Kenneth "Kenny" Gilbert has been named new Executive Chef of the AAA Four Diamond property and will oversee the resort's culinary operation.

Currently a season seven contestant on Bravo's Emmy Award-winning series "Top Chef," Gilbert comes to PGA National from Capella Telluride where he was executive chef for the ultra-luxury Colorado resort. With more than 17 years as a top name in the industry, Gilbert has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York on multiple occasions. At 23, he became the youngest African American chef to run a Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

"We're honored to have a chef as talented and highly sought-after as Kenny join the PGA National team," says Joel Paige, Vice President and Managing Director of PGA National. "As the television audience has seen on 'Top Chef' episodes week after week, he possesses tremendous skills in the kitchen, exhibits grace under pressure and shows a strong desire to help other members of his profession succeed."

"PGA National has an incredible energy and vibe channeling through all of its restaurants and food and beverage operations," says Gilbert. "I am excited to utilize my background and skill sets to create an unforgettable culinary experience for resort guests."

Gilbert was named "Star Chef of the Year" by The Chef’'s Garden and Culinary Vegetable Institute in 2005 and won The Food Network's "Ready, Set Cook" challenge in Jacksonville in 2001. He previously served as the executive chef for the BallenIsles Country Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa, Jupiter, where he introduced 115 Prime Steak House. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburg.

Gilbert will be responsible for all menus and food concepts including casual fine dining in the Ironwood Grille and lighter resort fare in the iBAR lobby lounge. He will create health conscious cuisine for the elegant "Waters of the World" at The Spa at PGA National Resort, and specific cuisine for other resort eateries under his domain including: Wave Poolside Grille, Citrus Tree, The Bear Trap and The 19th hole.

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