The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Garrett Gooch’s earliest and fondest childhood memories are of cooking in the kitchen with family at his childhood home in Sarasota, Florida. That joy and passion for food and flavors led him to Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Miami and now, to his current position as Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island overseeing all restaurants and banquet events.Prior to his Florida homecoming, Chef Gooch fine-tuned his skills at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, West Palm Beach and at our own resort where he served as Executive Sous Chef before being promoted to Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

One of his greatest culinary influences was the opportunity to intern in Vienna, Austria at Aioli Restaurant.  It was in Austria where he developed his repertoire in French and Mediterranean-style cuisine.  Combined with his California culinary influences and access to the best Florida seafood, Chef Gooch brings a distinctive, modern approach to Southern-inspired flavors across all of his kitchens.

An avid fisherman, Chef Garrett loves to showcase local ingredients. Guests can join the chef at his Hook, Line and Supper, a signature Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island experience where you accompany him on a fishing expedition and your catch is prepared and presented for dinner in a private dining room. Chef Gooch also works closely with local seafood purveyors and growers as a commitment to food sustainability. Gooch’s advocacy for farmers and locally produced, sustainable foods culminated in the launch of Meet the Farmers, a dinner series that has earned national attention and recognition.

Outside the kitchen, Garrett is puts his culinary expertise to use cooking and home brewing, and enjoys escapes to the beach to fish and play with his young daughter, son and wife Heather.