Getting to Know: Belinda McElyea Director Food Services
As Food Services Director, Belinda is in charge of all operations concerning Clear Springs Ranch’s kitchen. This Tennessee native received her degree in Culinary Arts from Texas State Technical College in 2009. Prior to joining Clear Springs Ranch as Head Chef in 2012, Belinda helped to open a very popular local restaurant.
Her extensive food service experience includes management roles in a number of bustling restaurant settings, including an elementary school cafeteria. For six years, Belinda even owned and operated a housekeeping business for regular clients, which gave her the occasional opportunity to prepare meals for special events.
She and her kitchen staff at Clear Springs Ranch are known for an innovative blend of Texas, Nashville, and Mexican cuisine that includes daily specials, heart-healthy entrees, and truly spectacular desserts. In the words of one devotee, Belinda and her team create, “the best barbecued beef and beans you have ever tasted.”
Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?
Q: Besides working at Clear Springs Ranch at Clear Springs, what hobbies, sports, or activities do you enjoy?
A: Softball!! I am team mom of a 14 and under select travel team. We travel once a month to different cities and participate in weekend long tournaments. I love my softball family!!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your personal story?
A: The thing I like best about Clear Springs Ranch is the hospitality. Everyone wants you to feel welcome. We like the time we spend with our clients, making sure they’re well fed and nourished as well as comfortable. You don’t get that in a restaurant, and we like that feeling.