Linville Ridge Hires New Executive Chef

Linville Ridge Hires New Executive Chef
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News.  April 28, 2016. LINVILLE, NC — Linville Ridge is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Norton II as their new Executive Chef. Prior to joining the team, Chef Norton held lead kitchen positions at the Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, Baltimore Country Club, Firethorne Country Club in Marvin, North Carolina, the Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and most notably the Westin Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, with over two decade in the industry, General Manager Walther Vliegen states, “Norton brings to Linville Ridge a wealth of culinary knowledge and experience.  He has acquired the skills to not only manage a high-volume-producing kitchen, but also to create amazing cuisine with innovative dishes.” He and his culinary team want you to say, “I wish I had just one more bite of that!”

Norton is “optimistic that by partnering with the culinary team, he can bring the Linville Ridge dining experience to entirely new level.” Furthermore he stated that “we will be introducing new concepts and partnering with local vendors and farmers in support ‘our’ [my new] community”.

Norton is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Inc., and has several current commitments to continuing his education in the food and beverage industry. He is truly looking forward to bringing his expertise to Linville Ridge and have members and guests enjoy the culinary accomplishments of his team.

About Linville Ridge

Linville Ridge is an established private residential community near Blowing Rock, North Carolina – a short drive from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Winston-Salem and Asheville.  Developed by The Lutgert Companies in 1982, Linville Ridge boasts the highest elevation golf course east of the Mississippi River which was redesigned by Bobby Weed Golf Design in 2009; five dining venues; eight Har-Tru® tennis courts; two regulation–sized croquet lawns; heated mountainside swimming pool; hiking trails; youth activities; and a full service hair salon and spa. Linville Ridge Country Club offers a variety of membership categories for golf and social members alike. Linville Ridge offers a range of ownership opportunities from estate homes, mountain cottages, town homes and homesites, through their on-site brokerage, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, visit

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