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Award Winning Chefs
With a passion for cuisine, appreciation of simplicity and technical skill gained through years of experience, these chefs take great pleasure in showcasing the very best of fresh local ingredients through the most unique and exotic dishes. Try your hand at their Favorite Recipes for an at-home gourmet meal.
Chef Greg Lutes
Chef Lutes started his culinary career 25 years ago, attending the Culinary School of Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois. He has been recognized by Country Inns Magazine as one of the best country inn restaurants in the U.S. and was featured on a P.B.S. cooking series, Country Inn Cooking. "I cook from scratch to achieve a balance of simplicity and sometimes unique flavor pairings and profiles, always seeking out small farmers and local foodstuffs."
Chef Mark Linback
Upper Lake, California
Chef Linback has been working in restuarants since the age of 15, graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Standing here next to the garden planted behind the Blue Wing restaurant, Chef Linback loves to infuse dishes with fresh herbs. Taking inspiration from the Slow Food Movement, he enjoys introducing creative seasonal specialties using local ingredients. "I like the challenge involved in making the familiar exceptional."
Chef Maurizio Paparo
In 1993, Maurizio purchased the Excelsior Café and reopened as the Excelsior Inn Ristorante Italiano. Maurizio's culinary career spans 30 years, beginning his culinary education at the young age of 14 apprenticing at a hospitality school in Florence, Italy. With recipes published in Gourmet Magazine among others, Maurizio prepares meals using the freshest of local, organic ingredients, just like he did in Florence. "I have always understood food to be the nourishment of life. Besides preserving the nutritional value, you want to take time to enjoy your meal and find a nice wine to pair with it."
Chef Cory Smith
Inspired by the diversity of local seasonal harvest, Chef Cory Smith maintains the belief that where passion lies within, pleasure abounds. He has been influence by Restaurant 301 Master Chefs since he first joined the Inn in 2001. With a "done simple, done right" outlook on cuisine, Chef Smith favours wholesome ingredients including micro-greens, quinoa, barley and lentils.
Chef Corey Whalen
Executive Chef Corey J. Whalen oversees the Lodge at Suttle Lake's restaurant, The Boathouse, and its banqueting services. Whalen brings more than 10 years experience in luxury hotels and restaurants to his role, including Chef Positions at Meriwether’s Restaurant & Skyline Farms, and Salty’s on the Columbia, both in Portland.The Wyoming native who grew up in a small tourist town, said he jumped at the opportunity to work at the lodge, which has been honored with several industry awards following its re-established year round restaurant last May. The most recent accolades were 'Sunset Magazines' “Most Romantic Lake Escape” and Trip Advisors “Certificate of Excellence 2012”.
Chef Cathi Fowler
Chef Cathi Fowler has been featured in National Culinary Review, Sunset Magazine Best of the West and other publications. With her husband Steve in the food service industry for over 25 years, Chef Fowler has had the opportunity to share recipes and learn from many great chefs. Her food philosophy is to keep it simple, and remember that people eat with their eyes. "Make everything you cook look as good as it tastes. I love it when a guest returns after many years looking for that dish they had during their visit. It really is all about the guests!"
Chef Beau Dylan Hogge
Chef Beau Dylan Hogge joined the Shelburne Inn's Restaurant & Pub in June, 2012. His cooking philosophy embraces a classical approach while making the best possible use of fresh, local ingredients. He also enjoys exploring different regional and international traditions. Beau moved to Portland, OR from Bozeman, MT in 2001. Beau’s breadth of education, teaching and experience, combined with his passion for putting out a stunning plate of food while making the most of what our region has to offer have inspired both staff and customers. Creating meals based upon a simple elegance, his food philosophy espouses the very words painted on an old beam in the Shelburne Inn dining room, "Eat, drink and be merry, of tomorrow take no heed!"
Chef Laura Danieli
Chef Danieli was 13 years old when she worked at a bakery; she walked to her job after class in junior high. Her mother and grandmother taught her to bake when she was very young - and Laura still loves baking to this day! Graduating from the Santa Rosa JC Culinary Arts Program in Baking and Pastry Arts, she enjoys working with great flour and seasonal fruits and vegetables. "Keep it simple, neat, clean. Don't complicate the food or cover it up with heavy sauces. Good food can stand alone."
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