When guests come to the table at The Eseeola Lodge, Patrick Maisonhaute is the man behind all the sumptuous flavors. Originally from France, Patrick first trained as a pastry chef, then moved to London where his interest shifted to cuisine. As he continued his travels, he learned from many international chefs and has incorporated some traditional dishes into the Lodge’s selections. “I hope guests will leave The Eseeola with a memorable dining experience,” says Patrick. So how did his career path bring him to North Carolina? While working in the Caribbean, Patrick fell in love with an American woman and moved to Banner Elk to be with her. And as if a sign of where he would feel most at home, Patrick chose The Eseeola as the ideal spot to propose to his future wife—several years before he joined our staff in 2006.
Explore a sample of tantalizing selections created by Executive Chef Maisonhaute.