Caneel Bay Resorts Names New Executive Chef

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. // Photo by SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Caneel Bay Resort, which is located on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), has announced the appointment of Kyle Woodruff as executive chef.

In his new role, and second turn at the resort, Woodruff will oversee all dining operations, menu creation and procurement of the freshest, most flavorful ingredients for Turtle Bay Estate House, Caneel Beach Terrace, Caneel Beach Bar & Grill and Cannella. He also manages private dining and room service, as well as banqueting for special events and weddings.

"We are excited to have chef Woodruff join the Caneel Bay Resort team,” said Nikolay Hotze, Caneel Bay Resort’s managing director, in a written release. ”We look forward to him leading the culinary department using his expertise in coastal cuisine and working with the best ingredients for our guests' enjoyment. Chef Woodruff will be essential to the relaunch of our fine dining restaurant, The Turtle Bay Estate House, in November." 


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Following graduation from New Kent High School in Virginia, Woodruff launched his career working at restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg. Woodruff previously worked at Caneel Bay Resort back in 2008 for a Caribbean Externship. 

More recently, Woodruff worked closely with chef Hans Schadler, who was also Caneel Bay Resort's executive chef from 1968-1974 and worked closely with Laurance Rockefeller. 

"I am super excited to be back at Caneel Bay Resort and look forward to developing a creative and consistent experience, as well as something new for the large volume of repeat Caneel Bay guests,” said Woodruff. “Three words I am keeping in mind when developing a new concept for the re-launch of the Turtle Bay Estate House concept are: fresh, island and vibrant. We are working with local farmers and providers to source as many local ingredients as possible to serve quality dishes and a high level of overall dining experience." 


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