Meet Our Chef

Twin Lakes Restaurant is proud to have as our executive chef, Jonathan Yuricek. He has worked in the food industry his entire life. Jonathan began his career in the industry as a 16 year old in a New York deli. He learned all aspects of operations from being a butcher to learning all food preparations. He also learned the importance of the business side of the deli, he was given accounting duties early on and became assistant manager by the time he was 17 years old.

The deli stop was just the beginning of a remarkable career for Jonathan. In 1992, at age 18, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America on the dean's list.

He then continued his quest for culinary excellence by working at Pierce's 1894 Restaurant (a 4 Diamond/Ivy Award winner) in Elmira Heights, NY as a chef's apprentice.

By 1995, Jonathan decided to expand his expertise by studying abroad. He attended Schiller International University in Engelberg, Switzerland. While at Schiller, he focused his studies on Hospitality and Tourism Management. While abroad he expanded his culinary palette by touring many hotels and restaurants throughout western European.

When returning to the states Jonathan fell in love with the Carolinas while working as Food Services Director at Sea Trail, and as the Executive Chef at the Litchfield Country Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

In 1998, Jonathan moved to Atlanta to work for Cooper Hotel Group as the Executive Chef for their flagship hotel and training facility. It was the #1 Holiday Inn Select in North America.

In 2024, the call of the Carolinas was too strong for Jonathan and his family and they moved back to the beach! Just as he was leaving a small restaurant in Myrtle Beach, he got a call from Ronnie Holden at Twin Lakes Restaurant.. and the rest is history! Now you can enjoy the exquisite menu our talented chef has compiled .. we know you'll enjoy every delicious bite!

Jonathan and his wife Danette reside in Brunswick County with their two beautiful little boys, Isaiah and Abel.

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Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant | 102 Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 | 910.579.6373
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