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Gulf Coast Village welcomes Xavier Duclos as executive chef

Gulf Coast Village is pleased to announce the hiring of seasoned professional chef Xavier Duclos to the role of executive chef for the senior living community in Cape Coral. As executive chef, Duclos is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of dining services at Gulf Coast Village.

Duclos brings more than 30 years of culinary experience at highly-acclaimed restaurants across the U.S. and parts of Southern France. After completing his apprenticeship in Bordeaux, France, Duclos moved to New York City to work in the 4-star restaurant La Cote Basque. He continued honing his skills with culinary opportunities across the country, serving stints as a restaurant chef for renowned places such as the Peppercorn Duck Club at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri; Bistro Du Nord in New York City; Celebrated Food in Maplewood, New Jersey; as well as working for one of America’s most accomplished culinary professionals, master chef Harmut Handke, at Handke’s Cuisine in Columbus, Ohio.

Duclos decided to sharpen his skills in Southwest Florida in 2003, where he was quickly promoted from sous chef to executive chef at Bonita Bay Club, overseeing all operations of the kitchen, staff and cuisine. Following his executive role, the chef moved on to operate Mad Fresh Bistro in Fort Myers, a local eatery known for its no-nonsense approach to simple, good food. From 2011 to 2016, Duclos took on the role of executive sous chef at Stone Bridge Country Club in Naples, while helping improve and strengthen the culinary program to meet higher standards of excellence.

“We’re excited to elevate the dining experience at Gulf Coast Village with the hiring of Chef Duclos,” said Greg Anderson, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Our residents appreciate a delicious, nutritious dining experience and they are looking forward to his innovative new menu offerings. With his passion and expertise, Duclos is a welcome addition to the Gulf Coast Village family.”

About Gulf Coast Village

Founded in 1989, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, specialized memory support, skilled nursing, home health, rehabilitation services and Senior Choice at Home, a continuing care at home program. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information, call 239-772-1333 or visit GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, VOA’s ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit VolunteersofAmerica.org.

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