Team Of Chefs Keep Memorial Tournament Visitors Well-Fed

Team Of Chefs Keep Memorial Tournament Visitors Well-Fed (Image 1)

Golfing works up quite the appetite, and thousands of people will chow down at The Memorial through the weekend.

Hard work on the links is matched with hard work here in the kitchens.

Muirfield Village Executive Chef Stephen Demeter says “It’s a nice, long, 17-hour day.”

Demeter oversees all the kitchens during the area’s biggest golf tournament of the year.

“I ramp up to about 100 chefs to help us out, coming from all over the United States,” he said.

Everyone works together to feed thousands of people. The team feverishly puts food out, replenishes the buffet, restocks the kitchen, and, perhaps most importantly, they have to cook.

Once those dishes emerge from a bustling kitchen, they’re spruced up with another set of hands. Director of Dining Operations Nick Smithson is in charge of how the food is presented. 

“I try to take my touch, add colors, and textures, different heights and elevations to catch the eye a little bit better,” he said. 

NBC4 was given access to the player’s buffet, giving you a special glimpse to see what the pros eat during The Memorial.

“We want to have the best food on tour and we want to have the best product for our members,” Smithson said. 

Don’t forget about those famous milkshakes either. There is something here for everyone and all of it passes through these hands in the kitchen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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