Derek joined the Burlingame Management team directly after graduating from Western Carolina University with a Hospitality Management degree. After living in South Carolina for 8 years with his wife, Sandie, they built a beautiful new home in their home town of Franklin, NC and enjoy with their 2 sons, Landon 10 and Bryce 6.
Derek has been diligently working to bring a quality culinary and wine experience to the membership.
Derek is beginning his 13th season with Burlingame CC and is an essential part of our management family.
Lina Hendrix, Food & Beverage Manager
Lina, native of Medellin, Colombia came to the USA in 2000. Lina began her American tour in Florida, where she met her Husband, John.
John introduced Lina to the hospitality industry and started spending their winters in Palm Beach, FL and Summers in Sapphire, NC, all while studying for her citizenship and becoming an American Citizen about 6 years ago.
Lina has become a valued member of the Burlingame management team for 10 years.
Gerry Fong, Executive Chef, CEC
Chef Gerry comes to us from Wake Forest, NC where for the past three years he has been the Executive Chef at North Carolina State University - Centennial Campus. His responsibilities included the overseeing of operations for the Alumni Center, Chancellor’s Residence, The State Club and Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Chef Fong is working on menus for all of our dining, events, specials and some fun surprises. A graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, his professional work experience has included a Ritz Carlton in CA; a quaint restaurant in Pinehurst, NC; a waterfront business on the coast of NC and most recently as Executive Chef for the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University. All have heightened and shaped his skills. He has a deep appreciation and understanding of flavors, culture, authenticity, and trends. He has won numerous awards and accolades, such as NC Competition Dining, Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” and Top 100 Chefs in NC.
Chef Fong brings a positive attitude and contagious smile along with motivation and excitement to create culinary delights. He has built strong connections with farmers and local purveyors to ensure seasonal products are at their best. His emphasis for local and sustainable products brings the true farm to table experience.