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Westchester Hills’ Hess lands chef’s honor


White Plains, New York (August 27, 2019) – Dan Hess, a chef at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, recently placed second in the 2019 Student Chef of the Year competition at the American Culinary Federation’s National Convention in Orlando, Fla. The American Culinary Federation, the premier association for chefs in North America, hosted four days of cooking competitions in front of live audiences, August 4 – 8.

Chef Dan Hess of Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y.

Chef Dan Hess of Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y.

Hess, a 2019 graduate of SUNY Delhi’s Culinary Arts program, qualified for the American Culinary Federation’s national competition by winning the Northeast Regional title in February. Hess competed against three other young chefs in the Student Chef of the Year competition. During the event, Hess prepared two dishes:

  • Roasted grouper loin filled with shrimp forcemeat, served with carrot and coconut purée, potato cube, cream cheese filling
  • Stuffed breast of squab, mushroom farce, drumstick rillet with edamame zucchini succotash style and seared farro cake

Hitomi Tomobe, a student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. took home first place in the competition. The American Culinary Federation’s National Convention is held annually and attracts more than 3,000 professional chefs from across the country.
“Dan is an amazing young talent, his dishes look and taste amazing,” said Tyler Demarest, general manager, Westchester Hills Golf Club. “We are fortunate to have him as part of the Westchester Hills culinary team.”

Westchester Hills will be showcasing Chef Hess’ award-winning dishes for members at the club’s September Chef’s Table Dinner, a four-course meal with wine pairings, on September 20th.

This is Hess’ second summer working at Westchester Hills Golf Club. He was hired during the summer of 2018 by Demarest, a 2010 SUNY Delhi alum. After graduating in May, Hess was offered a permanent position at the historic 106-year old private club.

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About The American Culinary Federation
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With more than 15,500 members spanning more than 170 chapters nationwide, ACF is the leading culinary association offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef®, Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator® designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to Chef & Child, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit

About Westchester Hills Golf Club
With a rich history dating back to 1913, Westchester Hills features 18 holes of championship golf designed by Peter Clark. His Donald Ross-inspired design features tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and contoured greens bordered by challenging bunkers. Westchester Hills' historic clubhouse, originally built in 1926, was remodeled in 2012 in preparation for the club's centennial anniversary which was celebrated in 2013. Other amenities of the club include a practice range, two chipping and putting facilities, two swimming pools and two tennis courts. For more information on Westchester Hills Golf Club, visit

About Troon
Westchester Hills Golf Club is professionally managed by Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon). Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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