New Jersey’s Shackamaxon Country Club Hires New Executive Chef
Shackamaxon Country Club has hired Brian Walter as its new Executive Chef. Walter boasts a first-rate culinary pedigree with 20 years of success in both the private club industry and with world class restaurants.
His career launched with his first kitchen position at Shackamaxon Country Club in 1993 as a prep cook and dishwasher. He then was hired by New Jersey’s Plainfield Country Club where he soon discovered his love for cooking. Walter then enrolled at New York’s French Culinary Institute and was an intern for celebrated Chef Mario Batali at his original West Village New York City restaurant, “PO.” At the age of 18, Walter earned the Chef De Partie title at the French Consulate, where he worked under then French Master Chef Luc Pasquier.
Walter went on to become Chef De Partie at two world famous New York City restaurants, Le Cirque 2000 and Lespinasse, and subsequently was named the Executive Sous Chef at Guastavino’s (also in New York) under celebrity Chef Daniel Or. Walter spent his last year in New York City as Chef De Cuisine at the iconic Union Club. At the age of 25, he became the Executive Chef at Acqua Ristorante in Raritan, New Jersey, which led to him becoming the Executive Chef of the Char Steakhouse Restaurant Group.
In 2009, Walter was hired as Executive Chef by Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey, where he served for two years. Most recently, he was Culinary Director and Executive Chef for MGL Food Services and Bayberry Culinary Consultants in Somerset, New Jersey.
During his career, Walter was given the distinction of becoming an honorary James Beard Foundation member, and his creative food dishes have been recognized in local and national publications. Walter also has appeared as a guest chef on Good Morning America, FOX5 Good Day New York and NBC Today.