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Baker’s Cay Resort appoints new executive chef Carolann Wheeler

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Carolann Wheeler

In her new role as Executive Chef at Baker’s Cay Resort, Chef Carolann oversees culinary operations for the 200-room property including banquets, special events, the resort’s signature restaurant Calusa and beachside dining at Dry Rocks.

KEY LARGO, FL. Baker’s Cay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, a 15-acre hidden gem perched on the serene waterfront of the Florida Keys Bay, announce the appointment of Executive Chef Carolann Wheeler. With a passion for blending unexpected flavor combinations, Chef Carolann is in the process of revitalizing the resort’s rooftop garden to include fresh herbs, tomatoes, edible flowers, cucumbers and more. The new Chef’s Garden, slated to open in early 2025, will provide an enhanced garden-to-table taste for several dishes as she aims to seasonally refresh menus throughout the resort.  

“Dining at Baker’s Cay Resort is an unparalleled experience that is memorable for guests and locals alike,” said John Hearns, General Manager at Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Chef Carolann’s extensive experience and strong commitment to excellence, coupled with her passion for high-quality, unique dishes will provide a dynamic culinary experience at the resort.” 

Executive Chef Carolann Wheeler brings exceptionally high standards to cooking with over 18 years of experience ranging from Executive Chef positions within 4-star restaurants, hotels, and private clubs to private personal chef positions for elite guests such as Billie Eilish and Steven Tyler. Chef Carolann’s precision and ability to implement fresh, seasonal ingredients into varied cuisine types allows her to exceed customer expectations. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Chef Carolann was classically trained at the renowned Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, a Le Cordon Bleu program, where she earned an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary Arts. 

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