The Lakes at Castle Hills Announces New Executive Chef

recent news Published Articles August 28, 2012

The Lakes at Castle Hills golf course and club is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive chef. Eric Lokke will bring his unique recipes, which reflect Texas comfort food with a Mexican twist, to the club.

Chef Eric was raised on his family’s southern comfort food and discovered his love for cooking while working as a prep cook at Hollywood’s Kodak Studios. He attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas and, after graduation, worked as chef in well-known Italian restaurants and steakhouses. Over the years, he has created his own style of food: a fusion of his favorite Southern and Mexican recipes, influenced by his Texas roots and California restaurant experience.

Chef Eric’s new menu at The Lakes at Castle Hills will feature appetizers such as fried chicken and waffles, a recipe of crispy breaded fried chicken wings on maple-bacon waffles with an ancho chile maple syrup. His par 3 sliders will also be popular appetizers. The trio of sliders will include bacon cheeseburger, lamb with mint yogurt sauce, and buffalo chicken with ranch and bleu cheese crumbles. His entrée menu will feature honey bourbon marinated shrimp with jalapeno-bacon-cheddar grits as well as a Texas meatloaf topped with jalapeno gravy. As with all of the fare, desserts and breads will be made from scratch in The Lakes’ kitchen.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a distinctive menu and one-of-a-kind recipes to The Lakes at Castle Hills,” said Chef Eric. “While the presentation will be unique to The Lakes, the recipes will feature flavor combinations that we Southerners have known and appreciated all our lives.”

“Eric’s cuisine, sense of humor and approach to hospitality make our guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home each and every visit,” said Chris Martinez, The Lakes at Castle Hills general manager. “We are already getting great feedback on his unique recipes and look forward to sharing them with all of our guests.”

In addition to his experience as a restaurant chef, Chef Eric has also served as a special event chef for high profile guests such as President George W. Bush, the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Mavericks and Ross Perot. He also worked as a standup comedian and has been featured on The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Larry King Live.

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