Chef With City Roots Promoted

GREENSBORO, N.C. – After spending two years as the sous and banquet chef at Proximity Hotel, Travis Bensink has joined Starmount Forest Country Club as the executive chef. Soon after making the move, it also was announced that Bensink has been named to the Guilford Technical Community College Culinary Advisory Board.

Bensink took on the challenge of completely revising the Starmount Forest Country Club menu, adding new options and enhancing the food offerings that were already popular at the exclusive North Carolina club, according to Tim Mervosh, COO and general manager at Starmount Forest Country Club. He has also expanded member activities to include food-related happenings such as on-site cooking classes, mother/daughter tea parties and events such as an Oktoberfest celebration.

“Travis is a great addition to the club and we are certain that he will help to enhance the great reputation that we have enjoyed over the years,” Mervosh said. “He will add to the much-loved traditions of the club while forging new traditions as well.”

Bensink accepted the board position on the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Advisory Committee at Guilford Tech in an effort to give back to the staff and students at his alma mater. He graduated from the culinary school at GTCC and worked in the culinary division at Disney prior to returning to the Triad.

“Working at Starmount Forest is a great opportunity to do what I am passionate about,” Bensink said. “We are moving toward using primarily fresh, local ingredients and have a working relationship with the Goat Lady Dairy Community Supported Agriculture group. My ultimate goal is for members to choose Starmount Forest as much for the amazing food as the tennis, golf and family events.”

Bensink is a resident of Greensboro and originally hails from Jamestown.

Starmount Forest Country Club is centrally located in Greensboro and offers 150 acres dedicated to golf, tennis, dining and entertainment. The family-oriented club was established in 1930 and is the former home of the Greater Greensboro Open. For membership information, visit