I was born at a very early age into a family where one side loved to cook and the other loved to dine out, giving me inspiration on both levels. My first job in the industry found me behind the bar, and that passion never really went away. Throughout my life I have always been in the people business.
I spent many years as a professional musician, touring the country as the keyboard player in Chubby Checker’s band (The Twist) and later proceeded to play with other top regional groups performing in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New England and several appearances in Bermuda. It was there that I fell in love with SCUBA diving, more accurately, teaching people to SCUBA dive. I bought into a business there, quit the band and moved to Bermuda. After the first season, I was invited to spend the winter in Grand Cayman working at Surfside Watersports on Seven Mile Beach. I not only had the opportunity to introduce divers to the beauty beneath the surface, I actually worked in the dive shop at Rum Point, clearly recall the old Wreck Bar, and life as it used to be at Rum Point. I always said that I would love to return and work at Rum Point someday. I later bought into a watersports company on the beach at the old Holiday Inn, where I spent many enjoyable years, operating snorkel trips with lunch, dinner cruises and cocktail cruises, where I was the cook and one of the bar tenders for many of those years. I also earned my US Coast Guard license, and became a Yacht and Small Craft Surveyor. It was during this period that I became interested in Food and Beverage, enjoyed cooking, and even thought about culinary school at one point.
I moved to South Florida in 1996 and was on the opening staff of a new restaurant in Delray Beach, known as 32 East. During the 14 years I spent at this restaurant I worked as a server, server trainer, bar tender, and General Manager. Here I learned many of the finer points of restaurants, food service, working with great chefs and talented line cooks, crunching numbers, food costs and pleasing guests. Having a long standing passion for wine, I attended 2 Sommelier programs and became a Certified Sommelier. I also worked managing 2 sister restaurants. During this time 32 East was recognized as one of the top restaurants in Florida, has earned practically every award that a restaurant can receive, and is in its 16th year of pleasing guests with delicious food, great wines and an outstanding beverage program.
Throughout my years away from Cayman, I returned many times to visit, and always made a point to include a stop at Rum Point. Looking to expand my horizons and broaden my professional experience, I joined the team at Rum Point in December of 2010, both as a continuation of my career and completing my desire of returning to Rum Point. What a great office!
Carol began as the Food and Beverage Manager at Rum Point in 2003 under the employ of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman. Hurricane Ivan brought about some changes to the Island and she was transferred temporarily to the Hyatt in Key West, Florida in 2005. We gladly welcomed her return to Cayman in May of 2006 to continue as the Manager of the Rum Point Club.