Chef Paul Ent has accepted the position of executive chef at the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood. He begins work in the wooded sanctuary of arts and gardens this week and will be fully on board by June 4.
Ent is a former Marine and self-taught chef whose tours of culinary duty include Mount Vernon Inn in Virginia; Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.; Sunset Grill and Midtown Cafe in Nashville; Pearl’s Café in Sewanee; B. McNeel’s in Murfreesboro, The Riverfront Plantation Inn in Dover, Tenn., and most recently Bridges Café. He fills the position left vacant last fall when chef Darrell Manhold left the Pineapple Room after a brief stint and headed to Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen.
Located inside the domain of Cheekwood, The Pineapple Room serves lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. There is a $10 entrance fee for non-members.