The Georgia Club has brought in one of the Southeast’s rising stars in the culinary world, Ray Whitlock, as executive chef for the 1,500-acre community just east of Atlanta, according to General Manager Ray Garbiras. Whitlock comes to The Georgia Club from Nashville, where his creativity and eclectic training made him one of the highest profile executive chefs in Music City. He was a frequent guest chef on local television and a celebrity chef at high-profile charity events. Whitlock most recently was executive chef for the MStreet Entertainment Group, where he played an integral part in opening many of the Nashville “go to” spots for foodies, including Virago, Whisky Kitchen, The Rosewall and Tavern Midtown. Prior to that, Whitlock was involved in the opening of such treasured Nashville assets as Saffire and Loveless Café. He also raised the catering program of The Country Music Hall of Fame to a new culinary level. Additionally, Whitlock spent a year traveling around Georgia doing Silver Screen Movie catering for films like “One Last Kiss,” among others. Whitlock was previously a culinary headliner on the Gulf Coast, serving as sous chef at Café Thirty-A, located just east of the Seaside community in Santa Rosa Beach. He moved to the gulf after stints in such Chicago landmarks as The Pump Room and Shaws. A native of Springfield, Il., Whitlock has been mentored by and collaborated with some of the top restaurateurs and executive chefs in the country, including Robbie Wilson, Scott Alderson and Kevin Boehm.