Sarasota, FL - The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is pleased to congratulate executive Chef Paul Evans, on his recent culinary competition medals.

Chef Paul competed in two separate categories Aug. 22 at the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla. In Chef Paul's first competition as an individual, he earned a bronze medal. Chef Paul also entered the two-man team category with his teammate, Chef Michael Priola, of Apollo's Bistro in Apollo Beach, Fla. The team earned a silver medal.

On Sept. 12, Chef Paul competed in both the Second Annual Florida Alligator Culinary Competition, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture, and the First Annual Florida Beef Council Cook Off. His alligator Crep Inette earned a gold medal along with his entrée in the Beef Council Cook Off.

“We are so proud to have such a prominent chef leading our team,” said Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club General Manager Wayne Piazza. “He has won over 40 medals in various culinary competitions and we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of his unique, creative and delicious creations.”

In November, Chef Paul and his competition teammate, Michael Priola, will compete in Miami at the Fifth Annual Chef for the Americas Cup, which pits chef teams from North, South and Central America.

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