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Meet Our Team
Trevor Blanche, Superintendent
After 13 years in the turf business, an education from the University of Guelph Turf Department, mentoring under some of the finest Golf Superintendents in the industry, and years of providing top-notch playing conditions for his members and the golfing public—Trevor Blanche (Cape Breton Highlands Links new Golf Superintendent) is ready for the biggest challenge of his career. “There are only a handful of these truly great golf course designs in the country. It’s an honour to be given the chance to play a part in the ongoing history of this Stanley Thompson masterpiece.” Most Superintendents would relish the opportunity to become the caretaker of a golf course like Cape Breton Highlands Links, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Canada and is often mentioned among the best designs in the world. Trevor can’t wait to get at it.
He describes himself as a Manager who builds a team atmosphere and looks forward to bringing some new ideas to the maintenance of the course, while leaning on the many decades of experience held by the existing core staff. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of turf management—including soils, fertility, irrigation, mechanics, and tree maintenance. Trevor has a huge passion for the game itself.
He is also extremely active on social media platforms, and if you have an interest in following the goings on at The Highlands from the perspective of the grounds crew—follow his twitter feed!
Chad Robinson, Executive Chef
In the long and storied history of the Keltic Lodge, there have only been two Cape Breton born Executive Chefs. Beginning in 2019, Chad Robinson (who will lead the Culinary Team and oversee the various restaurants on the property) is the first to be from Ingonish. “Born and raised in Ingonish, I would see the Keltic Lodge and was always amazed with the sheer beauty of the property. Spending most of my life here, I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing Chefs and hear many stories of the caliber of service provided. I have always strived to learn the history and roots of the iconic property and have family ties to the culinary aspect of the Keltic.” In fact, Chad’s Aunt Diane has been a Chef on the property for over 40 years.
Chef Chad takes great pride in the Keltic Lodge. He got his start in the culinary world in his late teens, and eventually had the chance to spend a season working at the Lodge team under Chef Dale Nichols. Wanting to gain all the culinary knowledge he could, his next position was with Chef John Williams, working many years in his fast-paced kitchen that strived for perfection. A few seasons ago, Chef Chad realized a childhood dream, brought all the skills that he had learned over the years, and rejoined the Keltic Lodge Team under Executive Chef Daryl MacDonnell. Chef Daryl has a keen eye for talent, and after spending a season as lead Chef for the many weddings and banquets held in the Ceilidh Hall, Chef Chad’s interest in fresh local seafood and regional history was noted. He was given the job of Chef at the Arduaine Restaurant, where he pushed himself to blend classic Italian and French cuisine with local seafood.
“Now as the Executive Chef of the Keltic lodge I can bring the joy and experience I have learned from these great mentors to all of our customers, with a team of some of the greatest culinary minds I have ever had the opportunity to work with, including my life partner Tara Brewer. I look forward to continuing my journey while creating amazing experiences for our guests and culinary team alike. Seeing the smiling faces of our patrons enjoying this rich piece of history in a small town I call home.”