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Chef Martin and culinary team cook up flavorful, unique, and healthy menus from around the world

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, a phrase near and dear to Chef Briham Martin, executive chef at The Terraces at Bonita Springs. A veteran of Southwest Florida’s culinary community since 2005, Chef Martin embraces the family atmosphere at The Terraces while overseeing a 20-person staff to provide residents with a delicious variety of flavorful, unique, and healthy menus from around the world.

Following his professional training in Cuba and Costa Rica, Chef Martin became a teacher himself, including tenure at Sylvan International University Red in Costa Rica where he worked with a team of instructors from Le Cordon Bleu School. In Southwest Florida, he has worked at several area restaurants and senior living communities. He also served as a sous chef for The Terraces at Bonita Springs from 2014 to 2016. The residents are delighted that he has returned to the fold.

“It is wonderful to return to The Terraces as executive chef,” said Chef Martin. “I love the people, the management team, and the family atmosphere – it reminds me of how I grew up alongside many generations.”

Chef Martin adds that his team works together seamlessly, and together, they have brought the kitchen to a higher level.

With special events, themed dinners and wine pairing events taking place throughout the year, Chef Martin plans his menus well in advance, paying attention to every detail from the freshest ingredients to the spectacular presentation.

“Chef Martin’s impeccable skills and caring attitude are a perfect fit for our resident-centered approach,” said Sam Guedouar, executive director of The Terraces at Bonita Springs. “We strive to provide our residents with new experiences, including those from the culinary standpoint. And with a focus on lifelong learning, we anticipate adding demonstrations and cooking classes with Chef Martin to our programming.”

When taking a break from the kitchen, Chef Martin likes nothing better than chatting with residents, sharing stories and finding out more about them. If you see him out and about, remember to stop and say “hello.”