Chef JB

kitchen staff

A gentle balance

John Belechak has been dedicated to the culinary pursuits more than 30 years. His experience and training have helped both Blackberry Farm and The Lodge at Sea Island earn five-star/five diamond awards. 

Chef JB studied under Bob Kinkead and Ris La Coste at 21 Federal in Washington DC. before joining Jamie Adams and John Carver for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group at Veni Vidi Vici and Pricci’s. Then came a partnership with Chef John Fleer at Blackberry Farm, where the Inn consistently ranked as one of the country’s top small hotels and three invitations to be featured in the James Beard House Foundation.

After arriving in coastal Georgia, Chef JB helped launch The Lodge at Sea Island before moving to The Cloister and Sea Island Resorts.

He was also part of the culinary team for the G-8 International Summit in 2004.

Chef JB as it's Chef and General Manager and a key reason guests come from around the world. His specialty is the gentle balance between comfort food and haute cuisine.