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Ron Smalls Joins East Ridge as New Executive Chef

Oct 24, 2016 | News

Ron Smalls

Ron Smalls

CUTLER BAY, Fla.—East Ridge at Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County’s only life plan community, recently named Ron K. Smalls executive chef for independent living and the new Three Palms Health Center.

Chef Smalls will be responsible for the fine dining and a la carte service in the community’s dining rooms as well as catering for the community’s many special events. East Ridge’s dining services accommodates residents seven days a week and serves three meals a day.

“Chef Smalls joins our culinary team headed by Director of Food and Beverage Services Robert Ibgui, CEC, CDM. We are most pleased to have someone with Chef Small’s background as part of our East Ridge team,” said Jeff Merritt, Executive Director at East Ridge. “He is a talented chef and draws on excellent culinary and managerial skills.”

Previously the Chef de Cuisine of the Golf Grill at The Fisher Island Club, Smalls has held chef positions at prestigious resort hotels in South Florida and South Carolina including Roney Palace Resort, Miami; Hilton Harbor Resort, Charleston and Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach.

Smalls brings over 20 years of professional cooking experience and kitchen management to the position with East Ridge. His experience ranges from creating casual dining experiences to banquets. He has an associate’s degree in culinary arts.

To learn more about the East Ridge resort lifestyle, please call (305) 256-3564 for a personal tour or visit

About East Ridge at Cutler Bay

Celebrating over 50 years serving Miami-Dade County, East Ridge at Cutler Bay is the area’s only life plan community incorporating eight components of wellness: social, vocational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and environmental and health services in every facet of its lifestyle. The community draws from the rich neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical environment of 76 acres. East Ridge, located at 19301 SW 87th Avenue, offers a continuum of care, including independent and assisting living, respite care and skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. For more information, please call (305) 256-3564 for a personal tour or visit