Gardens of Avila Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

Seasonal and spontaneous garden cuisine

The highly acclaimed, Gardens of Avila Restaurant is widely known for its seasonal and spontaneous garden cuisine. We offer intimate settings for indoor and outdoor dining to complement our menus featuring local seafood, high quality meats and produce harvested in our one-acre organic Chef’s Garden as well as local farmers markets.

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Meet the Chef:

William Ouderkirk

 Chef William is a new fixture at the Gardens of Avila starting in April of 2016. As a child, Chef William always knew that he wanted to work in the kitchen and was  fascinated with cooking and the flavor combinations you could come up with. Attending culinary school in the United Kingdom, Chef William was inspired by Gordon Ramsey and his approach on food and his way of not overcrowding a plate and creating a harmony on the plate with his food. 

Originally from Canada, he is inspired by both French and Asian cooking styles. He loves how Asian dishes are very simple and then if you apply French technique and approach you get something surprising in the end. Chef William believes in using as much local produce and goods as possible and working in seasons. When fish comes in season, or certain cuts of meats or when vegetables just start to sprout up, he works to creatively transform them into a dish that is both visually beautiful and flavor filled. Come check out the exciting dishes coming out of his kitchen!