Program Summary


Tucked away in the rolling Lake Country of Georgia. Reynolds Lake Oconee features six carefully crafted golf courses, a unique sporting ground, and all the recreational and culinary amenities befitting a world-class private club. On this unique training plan, you will be exposed to all areas of culinary operations in a luxury private club.
Reynolds Lake Oconee is a lake and golf community with over 4,000 property owners from 49 states and 38 countries, occupying over 14,000 acres of rolling woodlands and nearly 90 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee.

Offering world-class golf and resort-style amenities, Reynolds is home to:
• Six and a half champion golf courses
• 11 on-site dining outlets, soon to be 13
• Four marinas, boat storage, and marina store operations
• 21 miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails
• World-class fitness and tennis facilities with instruction venues on site.
• Nine pools
• The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee
• The Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee
• Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds
• Nearly 40 Member-operated clubs and groups
• A 19,000 acre freshwater lake offering boating, fishing, and recreational fun
Let Yummy Jobs take you on an amazing adventure with the Reynolds Lake Oconee ... #MYYUMMYSTORY
Your internship with Reynolds Lake Oconee will consist of following a uniquely curated training plan exposing you to all areas of culinary operations. This property features  11 different speciality restaurants ranging from poolside dining to luxury dining options.
On this premium internship you will have the chance to experience the following rotations:
  • Orientation
  • Banqueting and events
  • 3 x Restaurant locations including hot and cold kitchen rotations

A Taste of Reynolds... 
With 11 distinctive, on-site restaurants, Reynolds Lake Oconee holds high standards of culinary execution with the intent to consistently exceed the expectations of our Members, guests, and teammates. You will become a part of a culture of excellence and “Culinary Pride” when you join our team.

As a part of the Food & Beverage team, you will:

• Exceed the expectations of our Members, guests, and teammates.

• Under-promise and over-deliver. Always.

• Be a guardian and disciple of our standards.

• Always ensure consistency in preparation and service

• Have zero tolerance for anything less than the established standards.

• Be an effective communicator.

• Be passionate about all you do.

• Learn constantly and share your knowledge with others.

• Become an excellent cook and professional culinarian.

  • Eighty8 Kitchen + Cocktails

  • The National Tavern

  • The Landing

  • The Creek Club

  • The Overlook at Great Waters

  • Richard Pointe Restaurant

The culinary team at Reynolds Lake Oconee plays a vital role in Club events and banquets across property. You will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and use your skills in each of these settings:


  • Special Events

  • Wine Tastings

  • Catering and Banquets

The pay rate for this program is $15.00 USD per hour and you will be scheduled to work a minimum of 32 hours per week.



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Participants on this program will be required to obtain a J-1 Intern or Trainee visa through Yummy Jobs and will be able to train for a period of time as outlined by the Reynolds Lake Oconee Upon completion of the program, participants will have up to 30 days to travel within the United States. Participants must then return to their home country upon completion of the program.
Zouhair Bellout
Executive Chef 

Chef Bellout brings a culturally diverse background to his cooking in Reynolds, where he works as the Chef de Cuisine at the Members-only Creek Club. For over two years, Chef Bellout has overseen all culinary operations at The Creek Club restaurant and The Crow’s Nest, both located in The Creek Club clubhouse.
Zouhair Bellout was born in Morocco and lived there for 25 years. He attended the Institut de Technologie Hoteliere et Touristique in Morocco where he received his Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts in 2005. He then began training as an intern at Hotel La Mamounia. A year later, Chef Bellout moved to the United States and held several culinary roles before finally landing in Reynolds. Some include Lead Line Cook for Disney at the Marrakesh in Epcot Center, Banquet Chef at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida, and Executive Sous Chef at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. In March of 2013, Chef Bellout was honored with an invitation to cook at James Beard House, where the mission is to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s culinary heritage and future.

Brenton Nelson
Sous Chef at The National Tavern
Chef Nelson brings passion and skill to the kitchen at The National Tavern restaurant, where he has served as Sous Chef since early 2018. He supervises and trains staff on all recipes to meet high standards of consistency and makes the schedule for daily operations along with ordering produce, filing equipment-coding invoices, and organizing the workplace with a special focus on cleanliness.
Brenton Nelson is from Sandy Bay, Jamaica, where he was awarded the Gold Metal Jamaica Culinary Development for best use of chicken. Chef Nelson has worked in the culinary division at several Ritz-Carlton locations, including Rose Hall, Jamaica; Miami, Florida; Sarasota, Florida; and Greensboro, Georgia, on-site at Reynolds Lake Oconee. In 2011, he received the designation of Certified Hospitality Professional from the American Hospitality Training Institution.

Chef Craig
Chef de Cuisine at Great Waters Overlook
Chef Elwood brings a wide breadth of knowledge to his position as Chef de Cuisine at Great Waters Overlook, where he has served since 2015. In this position, he is responsible for meeting food and labor cost percentage while training and mentoring personnel and maintaining inventory.
Throughout his 30 years in the culinary field, Craig Elwood has worked in every aspect of running a restaurant from dishwasher to restaurant owner. Chef Elwood got his start in the industry in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware where he received a Certification in Culinary Arts in high school. He then went on to earn an Associate’s in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s in Hotel Restaurant Management from Johnson and Wales University. Chef Elwood was Chef de Cuisine and an eventual partner at II Pescatore in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, where he was awarded 3.5/4 stars in The Post and Courier’s restaurant review. Chef Elwood has also worked as a Sous Chef for Marriott Renaissance and a Restaurant Manager for CentraArchy Restaurant Management Group.


The Reynolds Story
Dating back 100 years as a family retreat along the shores of the Oconee River, this land was quickly recognized as a destination of uncommon character by early visitors. The striking beauty of both the river and the Oconee forest created a natural haven that felt like a world apart, providing a lifestyle with an informal cadence all its own. Many quickly decided to “linger longer,” turning one- or two-day visits into three-, four- or five-day family excursions.
Here, at Reynolds Lake Oconee, you’ll discover a lifestyle with a cadence all its own. Our community of character is composed of passionate individuals, all of whom have been drawn to an active life, well-lived. So, no matter what brings you here, once you find your own path to the brilliant lakeshore and lush forests of Reynolds Lake Oconee, you’ll soon understand how our Members and guests enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every day.
"We call Reynolds our escape. It's a place where we leave the non-stop activity of our current life and everything slows down a notch."

Housing for this program is provided by the Reynold lake Oconee, you will be housed as well as sharing a room with fellow program participants in a fully furnished house or apartment complex.


Housing is payroll deducted at a rate of $250.00 USD every 2 weeks inclusive of all utilities*.

  • $100 deposit due at check-in and upon satisfactory inspection returned at check-out.
  • Complimentary transportation to and from work.


*subject to change 



  • Applicants will be required to attend a pre-screen interview via video call with a member of the Yummy Jobs Team in order to be considered.​
  • If successful, applicants will be required to attend a final interview with the Reynolds Lake Oconee HR Team via video call.

​Please note, all dates are subject to change

Program Fees are paid 75% by the Reynolds Lake Oconee Team, for eligible Candidates.