F&B Mission Statement
Here at the Country Club of Winter Haven our focus is to provide our Members and their Guests with a dining experience unmatched in this area and reminiscent of the experience you would find in any fine dining establishment.
Overview of the Department
From the top down we are driven to provide our Members with a truly remarkable dining experience. Whether you are joining us after 18 for a bite to eat and a cold drink, or bringing the whole family out for dinner, we are always focused on providing you with the highest quality food and service. Our Chef works closely with local farms, purveyors, and artisans to provide our members with not only the finest quality, but the most health conscious food available.
Ross Ruffino, Executive Chef
Chef Ross was born and raised in the hospitality industry. His father was an Executive Chef for almost 40 years and his mother was a Corporate Trainer for Marriot F&B managers. He has an amazing background and comes to us most recently from the storied Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., where he worked as one of the chefs for the most-rewarded Forbes 5 Star property in the world. Previous to that, he was the Chef de Cuisine at the highly awarded Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Fla. At The Country Club of Winter Haven, he will be focused on elevating your dining experiences and providing your family and friends with an opportunity to experience big-city flavors at home.
Brandy Booth, F&B Manager
Brandy has spent over 16yrs with the Country Club and has worked her through every position in the F&B Operation. Her unfaltering work ethic and customer service skills are the backbone of the F&B Operations at the Country Club of Winter Haven. She knows the members and their needs better than anyone else. Whether consulting on a wedding plan or helping organize a family dinner at the club, Brandy always has the member’s needs in the forefront of her thoughts. We are so fortunate to have her as the F&B Manager.
Mateo Huerta, Sous Chef
Chef Mateo has worked his way through the ranks at some of the finest establishments in Florida. Working under Chef Ruffino at Casa Monica in St Augustine, he honed his skills for fine dining and customer service. After his time at Casa Monica he moved onto another AAA 4 Diamond location at The Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club as one of their Chefs. Following Chef Ruffino here, he also has the goal of bringing 5 star food to Winter Haven.
Rachel Bibby, Pastry Chef
Chef Rachel joins us from The Culinary Institute of America, where she spent her time focusing on Wine and Pastry. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she comes with an arsenal of family recipes and professional techniques that will blow away our members expectations of Country Club Desserts. She will be focusing her time on helping us elevate our Dessert and Pastry program as well our Wine lists.