Growing up in a small town on the outskirts of Raleigh, NC, Pastry Chef Shannon Yelmini made her way slightly south and started her career at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as a pastry intern at The Sanctuary in March 2013. After completing her internship and earning her associates degree from Johnson & Wales University- Charlotte, she went on to complete her Bachelor’s in Food Service Management. Following graduation, Chef Yelmini returned to Kiawah Resort full-time as the pastry lead of The Ocean Room, South Carolina’s only Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond steakhouse. In March 2016 her talents led her to The Atlantic Room and Ryder Cup Bar at The Ocean Course to take over their pastry department. In July 2017, while working full time, she completed her MBA at East Carolina University. Loving this ever-evolving industry, Yelmini strives to find a balance in simplicity and innovation when creating her desserts. Climbing up the culinary ladder, she is now the Executive Pastry Chef of the Villa Resort and looks forward to elevating the pastry offerings across the resort.