Chef Spotlight: Garnet Henlin

Garnet Henlin, Sous Chef at 1845

When it comes to creating culinary masterpieces and delighting the taste buds of Beacon Hill residents at 1845, Garnet Henlin never fails to delight.

Brandon Nequist, Dining Room Manager at 1845 says, “At Beacon Hill we strive to create a dining experience that feels like home. Each ingredient that we use and the recipes we put together are all done with our residents in mind. Our dietary needs, preferences and diverse backgrounds make us who we are. We want to honor that for each and every resident. The entire dietary team at 1845 makes it our goal to treat each individual like they are dining with our family, in our home. We are so pleased to have Garnet Henlin on our team.”

Read on to learn about Garnet’s fascinating journey, his culinary style, and his warm and genuine commitment to ensuring that every resident’s dining experience is a joy.

Background and Journey to Beacon Hill

Born and raised in the picturesque town of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Garnet Henlin’s culinary journey began at the Runaway Bay Culinary Institution. It was during these formative years that Garnet discovered his true passion for the culinary arts. He embarked on his career as a private chef at multiple guest houses, refining his skills and honing his craft.

Garnet’s professional journey took him to various resorts in Jamaica, where he served as a kitchen supervisor. However, his culinary adventure didn’t stop there. In search of new horizons, he made the bold decision to come to the United States. His first culinary role in the U.S. was at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, where he started as a breakfast cook in the main kitchen. His dedication and talent soon led to a promotion as a Kitchen Supervisor for breakfast. Over time, he expanded his expertise by becoming a kitchen supervisor at some of the hotel’s outlet restaurants, including the Jockey Club and the Fort Tea Room.

In 2006, when Grand Hotel acquired a new restaurant, The Gatehouse Restaurant, Garnet stepped into the role of Sous Chef for three seasons. His relentless commitment to his craft and exemplary culinary skills resulted in his promotion to Executive Chef in 2010. Garnet dedicated a remarkable 11 years as the Executive Chef at The Gatehouse Restaurant, perfecting his art and elevating the dining experience.

Intrigued by the opportunity to further his culinary skills and meet the unique dietary needs of each resident, Garnet decided to join the culinary team at Beacon Hill.

The Inspiration Behind Becoming a Chef

Garnet’s culinary journey was inspired by a remarkable source: his mother. Her passion for cooking and the joy she derived from creating delectable dishes left an indelible mark on Garnet. Her influence ignited his passion for the culinary arts and set him on the path to becoming a chef.

Culinary Style and Specializations

Garnet Henlin’s culinary style is a unique blend of spontaneity and organization. He thrives in the spur-of-the-moment creativity of the kitchen, all while maintaining meticulous organization to ensure every dish is a masterpiece.

Garnet specializes in a diverse range of cuisines, each with its own unique flair. His repertoire includes Italian, French, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine. This diverse culinary skill set allows him to create a wide array of dishes that cater to the varied preferences of Beacon Hill residents.

Important Lessons for Aspiring Chefs

Over the years, Garnet has accumulated a wealth of experience in the culinary world. When asked about the most important lesson he has learned as a chef, he emphasizes the significance of leading by example. He believes that chefs should always be prepared to set the standard and inspire their culinary teams. Moreover, he stresses the importance of a relentless commitment to self-improvement, always striving to do more and be better.

Message to Beacon Hill Residents

Garnet Henlin wants Beacon Hill residents to know that his passion for food and the culinary arts is boundless. He is here to serve their culinary needs on a daily basis, with an unwavering dedication to pleasing their palates. Whether it’s a dietary restriction or a specific culinary desire, Garnet is committed to crafting dishes that cater to each resident’s individual preferences.

In Garnet Henlin, Beacon Hill has found a culinary artist who not only brings a world of flavors to the table but also a warm and genuine commitment to ensuring that every resident’s dining experience is a delight. His culinary journey, inspired by his mother, showcases the power of passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in the world of gastronomy.

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Beacon Hill at Eastgate is a distinctive, not-for-profit retirement community located in Grand Rapids’ desirable Eastgate neighborhood.

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