About the Chef

I started my culinary career nearly 20 years ago in Denver, Colorado. I very much enjoy the outdoors and the active lifestyle which took me to Breckenridge to pursue my passion for a nice balance between culinary arts and outdoor recreation. After more than five years of following my love for food, a wonderful opportunity arose to be able to travel the world. I jumped at the chance and due to the culinary opportunities worldwide, I knew that I would be able to fuel the traveling with my knack for cooking regional cuisine. Throughout my travels I have visited 30 countries spanning Asia, Europe, Africa, and North, Central and South America. Linking the things I love most in life together: Culinary arts, traveling, surfing, snowboarding, cycling, photography, yoga and the list goes on...

Map of countries I've travelled

The map above shows the countries where I've traveled including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Holland, England, Italy, France, Andorra, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Australia, Canada, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Indonesia, New Zealand, Ireland and Colombia.

Overview:

My qualifications reside in nearly 20 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience. I focus on world food through more than ten years of intensive and independent international travel. I possess well rounded experience exemplified by professionalism, organizational and improvisational skills, methodology and communication and have consistently maintained the highest level of quality, sanitation, and creativity, while integrating a nutritional, holistic and simple base philosophy.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Worldwide travel capabilities, Spanish speaking
  • Executive/Sous-Chef experience with wide range of upscale establishments
  • Trained by local families/ professional chefs in USA, India, Thailand, Laos
  • Training and development specialist; instructor and consultant
  • Successful catering experiences (ranging from 2-2,500 people)
  • Maximizing kitchen productivity, efficiency and staff performance

Professional Experience:

Administrative Technician 2011-Present
  • Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
Food Columnist "Mountain Chef" 2010-2012
  • Summit Daily News
  • Summit County, Colorado
Lead Chef Instructor 2009-Present
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Continuing Education Culinary Institute
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
Freelance/Private/Travel Chef and Consultant 2002-Present
  • Private Travel Chef-Private Family
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Private Travel Chef-Private Family
  • Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
  • Private Travel Chef-New Ventures West Leader Retreat
  • Petritoli, Italy
  • Private Travel Chef-New Ventures West Leader Retreat
  • Chateau Lagorce Haux, France
  • Private Travel Chef - New Ventures West Leader Retreat
  • Killarney, Ireland
  • Kitchen Coordinator/Chef - Summit County Senior Center
  • Frisco, Colorado
  • Yoga Retreat Guest Chef - Encanta la Vida Jungle Lodge
  • Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Private Travel Chef
  • Nelson, New Zealand
  • Featured Guest Chef-KWGN/KDVR Denver TV Channel 2, Daybreak On The Deuce
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Restaurant Consultant/Chef - Silver Spur Outfitters and Lodge
  • Dixie, Idaho
  • Private Chef/Cooking Classes/Catering - Professional couple
  • San Gerardo De Rivas, Costa Rica and Houston, Texas
  • Restaurant Consultant/ Chef - Encanta la Vida Jungle Lodge
  • Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Special Event Chef - Restaurant Associates at Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Backstage Catering Chef - Luna Catering at Blossom Music Amphitheater
  • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Executive Travel Chef - Restaurant Associates
  • Various National PGA tournament locations
  • Restaurant Consultant/Chef - Paparazzi Ristorante
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Host/Chef - "Que Cocinas?/What's Cooking?" Nutritionally Based Bi-lingual Televised Cooking Show with Summit Prevention Alliance
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Exclusive Private Chef - Rocksure Properties UK Holiday Chalet
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Private Chef - Various Local Residences and Rental Properties
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
Executive Sous Chef/Caterer 1998-2002
  • Storm Enterprises-Hearthstone Victorian Dining and Catering
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
Caterer/Onsite Chef 1997-1998
  • Epicurean Catering
  • Denver, Colorado

Volunteer:

  • Operation Frontline-Side By Side Parent/Child Nutritionally Based Cooking Classes with FIRC-Family & Intercultural Resource Center
  • Dillon/Frisco, Colorado
  • Nutritionally Based Spanish Speaking Cooking Class "Latinas En Movamiento" with Summit Prevention Alliance
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Hurricane/Flood Volunteer Relief
  • Antigua, Guatemala and Surrounding Areas

Education:

Colorado Mountain College 2014
  • Effective Teaching Credentials
Culinary Institute of America 1999-2000
  • Culinary Certificates