Chef Ryan Spruhan, Executive Chef at the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant
Executive Chef at the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, Chef Ryan, is actively involved with carrying on the tradition of Farm to Table dining by supporting local farms and farmers, using fresh local ingredients in the food he prepares. As a father of two daughters, he believes very strongly in the innovative Farm to School Northeast Georgia program goal of “providing more nutritious options for our children.” He believes that this program will also forge and foster community partnerships and help the overall health of the local economy.
Prior to relocating in Rabun County to assume the Executive Chef position at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, Chef Ryan, worked in some of the top restaurants in the south. He got his start as a dishwasher in Maggie Valley, NC and fell in love with food, the preparation of it, and learning that through this career path he could truly express himself and make people happy. “Hands on” involvement has been his great teacher. Using this same “hands on” approach to help children learn about food, where it comes from, how it grows, and how to prepare it in fun and tasty ways is something in which he’s fully devoted. What better place to do it than here in Habersham and Rabun Counties, the great farmland of Georgia.
Chef Ryan Spruhan has been recognized as a Best Chef America 2013 and 2014 and Best Chef in the South 2014.