Meet the Chef
The Esmeralda Inn would like to introduce and welcome our new Chef, John Venuto. John was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of his life in the Northeast. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied Culinary Arts. Upon graduation he crafted his skills at Twin Brooks Country Club in Watchung, New Jersey where he worked his way up to the Executive Sous Chef position. In 2002 John decided to pursue a different career in Southwest Florida but soon realized cooking and hospitality was his deepest passion. He partnered up with a team to open three waterfront restaurants where he has been for nearly the past 20 years.
John and his family decided in April 2020 that they wanted to move away from the concrete world and the hustle of the big city and seek a slower pace of life in the mountains to raise their two small children. We at the Esmeralda are excited about his decision to join our team. John’s passion for the business, his vision for the future, his love for cooking and his heart to serve others has been a true blessing. We hope you will call to reserve your table soon to meet our new chef and taste his delectable creations.