The Cliffs Names Francis Turck Senior Executive Chef

Chef Francis Turck

(TRAVELERS REST, S.C.) – The Cliffs is pleased to announce that Chef Francis Turck has been named senior executive chef. Turck has been with The Cliffs since 2006 and will now oversee the culinary programs at all seven of The Cliffs’ communities.

With more than 25 years of culinary experience, Turck began his career at the Culinary Institute of America where he graduated with honors. He has trained under Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Gorges Vongeritchen at Jean-Georges in New York and James Beard award-winning Chef Larry Forgione. Throughout his career, Turck has worked for prestigious facilities such as the Peabody Hotel in Orlando and Ta-boo in Palm Beach, Florida.

Turck plays an active role in The Cliffs food and beverage program beyond the kitchen. He recently achieved his Certified Sommelier designation through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and he also serves as the vice conseiller gastronomique of The Cliffs Chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

“Chef Francis has been an asset to The Cliffs’ culinary program for years, and we are excited to have him move into this role,” said David Sawyer, managing partner and president of The Cliffs Clubs. “Chef Francis is passionate about food and wine, but also health and wellness. He’s been instrumental in creating menu items that support members’ healthy lifestyles. We look forward to seeing what Chef Francis cooks up next.”

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About The Cliffs
The Cliffs is a collection of seven private, luxury residential mountain and lake club communities located in the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, between two of the nation’s top award-winning cities for quality of life — Greenville, S.C. and Asheville, N.C. — and Clemson, S.C., home to top-ranked Clemson University. The Cliffs’ suite of amenities for members includes seven clubs, seven nationally recognized golf courses, six wellness centers, boating, watersports, marina, beach club, cycling, paddle sports, tennis complexes, equestrian center, hiking trails, wakeboarding, wine clubs, more than a dozen restaurant and private event venues, an organic farm and over 2,000 year-round programs and social activities to create timeless experiences. Homes at The Cliffs range in price from $350,000 to $6 million+; homesites, from $125,000. The Cliffs also offers professional and national club memberships. For more information about The Cliffs, visit Contact The Cliffs at 864-249-4364 to learn more about real estate, membership or to arrange a visit.


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