Georgia’s Barnsley Resort Welcomes Nicolas Lebas as New Executive Chef

/Georgia’s Barnsley Resort Welcomes Nicolas Lebas as New Executive Chef

Georgia’s Barnsley Resort Welcomes Nicolas Lebas as New Executive Chef

|2019-10-23T15:47:12-05:00October 22nd, 2019|

Adairsville, GA – October 22, 2019 – The executive team at Georgia’s award-winning Barnsley Resort has announced the appointment of Nicolas Lebas as the new executive chef. Chef Lebas brings with him more than 19 years of culinary experience in both world-class resorts and upscale restaurants across the globe.

Taking his place at the forefront of the culinary team, Chef Lebas is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the resort’s two onsite restaurants and outdoor Beer Garden, leading and managing the culinary team, as well as supervising catering services for weddings and special events across the property’s 3,000 acres.

Chef Lebas’ formal training began in France, where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Sevigne Culinary Institute. He then moved his career overseas, holding various culinary management positions at prestigious resorts and restaurants in Mexico, Texas, France, Florida, Colorado, and California. His global experience complements Barnsley Resort’s international student program, which gives students from various countries hands-on experience in the kitchen with a focus on the property’s overarching ‘garden-to-table’ culinary concept. Chef Lebas has a rooted passion for working with local farmers and fresh ingredients, a concept that can be seen throughout the resort’s entire culinary program. His relationships with local purveyors and emphasis on using the freshest ingredients is elevating the culinary program at Woodlands Grill, Rice House and Beer Garden to new heights.

“Chef Lebas comes to Barnsley with a wealth of knowledge and international experience, and we’re thrilled to have him on board to lead the team and further enhance our culinary program,” said David Friederich, president of Barnsley Resort. “Nicolas is joining the team at a pivotal moment for the resort. The property is currently undergoing a culinary-focused enhancement, which includes a full renovation to our staple restaurant, Woodlands Grill, along with a new seasonal menu, Beer Garden enhancements, a new chef’s garden and constant updates to our culinary program to ensure guest satisfaction.”

Lebas previously served as the executive chef at Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which was voted among the Best Steakhouses in the Country by Business Insider magazine in 2016. He then transitioned over to the Kimpton Hotel group and held the position of executive chef at Kimpton Hotel Zamora, followed by executive chef at Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s Panzano restaurant in Denver, which, while under his lead, was voted Best Happy Hour and one of the Best Italian Restaurants in Denver in 2018. Most recently, Lebas served as the executive chef consultant for Universal Hospitality Solutions (UHS) Worldwide in La Quinta, California, where he was responsible for training the culinary team and elevating quality standards.

About Barnsley Resort

Situated just 60 miles outside of Atlanta, on the storybook site of an 1840s estate, Barnsley Resort is where history, outdoor adventure and Southern comfort come together as one. Travelers can bask in this 3,000-acre resort-meets-playground, where recreational choices include a world-class Jim Fazio-designed golf course, 28-station sporting clays course, wingshooting at the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company at Barnsley Resort, and horseback riding along picturesque trails. Not to be missed are the remarkable ruins from the original manor built by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife, Julia, which tower over the resort’s legendary gardens. With authentic, locally sourced cuisine, a boutique spa, 150 guest rooms and Southern charm for days, Barnsley Resort offers an escape that’s undeniably Georgia. For more information, visit

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