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The region’s best chefs come together for a weekend of amazing food, world-class wines & spirits, camaraderie, and more

 


In 2021, Spruce Peak welcomed five chefs from across New England to showcase their passions, skills and dedication to culinary excellence.

Host Chef

chef sean blomgren

The Lodge at Spruce Peak | Stowe, VT

Chef Sean Blomgren's passion for food and hospitality began early on, cooking holiday meals for his family in Lowell, Massachusetts. Driven by his passion for creating new dishes and the reaction from his family, at age 21 he enrolled in the famed Le Cordon Bleu.

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Host Chef

Chef Jessica Quiet

The Lodge at Spruce Peak | Stowe, VT

Chef Jess Quiet began her pastry journey by competing in national baking challenges, taking home first place for her home state of Vermont and fourth overall. A Silver Key Dean's Society graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she led pastry teams for years in properties across the east coast.

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Guest Chef

Chef Kevin Des Chenes

Private Chef | Newport, RI

"Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine
Winner of "Top Celebrity Chef Showdown"

"A Taste of New England is a spectacular event in a glorious setting. The best chefs from various parts of New England converge at Spruce Peak for a celebration of Food, Wine & Spirits. I am honored to be among those invited for this amazing gathering. The culinary collaboration, complete with spot on wine pairings is second to none. I am now forever a fan of the "Spruce Life"!"

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Guest Chef

Chef Steve DiFillippo

Davio's | Boston, MA

Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame
2014 Restaurateur of the Year

Steve DiFillippo is the consummate restaurateur. With his award-winning Davio's brand firmly established in Boston's Back Bay, Foxborough...

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Guest Chef

Chef Tatiana Rosana

Para Maria | Boston, MA

Two-Time Food Network Chopped Champion

"A Taste of New England is just that. A taste of hospitality, generosity, family, and friends. The opportunity to come together as a community of chefs and show the fruits of our labors and our gorgeous region. With the green mountains of Stowe and the picturesque backdrop of Spruce Peak, this event is truly pure perfection."

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Guest Chef

Chef Brendan Vesey

Botanica Restaurant & Gin Bar | Portsmouth, NH

Steel Chef 2020, NH Food Bank, Champion
Best New Restaurant, NH Magazine

"Spruce Peak is a top-notch destination in one of the most beautiful places in all of New England. To experience the natural beauty with all the amenities and hospitality was an experience I won't forget."

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Guest Chef

Chef Douglass Williams

Mida Boston | Mida Newton

Photo credit: Chris Churchill

"Participating in Spruce Peak's A Taste of New England Weekend in Stowe, VT was a highlight of the fall for my family and me. The team at Spruce Peak made me feel like part of their family; we were so happy to be there and I look forward to returning. Everything was topnotch, from the organization leading up to the event, to working with the culinary team, to the weekend itself, it surpassed my expectations in every way. Thank you and we can't wait to return in any season!"

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Chef Sean Blomgren
The Lodge at Spruce Peak | Stowe, VT
HOST CHEF

Chef Sean Blomgren's passion for food and hospitality began early on, cooking holiday meals for his family in Lowell, Massachusetts. Driven by his passion for creating new dishes and the reaction from his family, at age 21 he enrolled in the famed Le Cordon Bleu. While on externship in Westchester, NY, Blomgren sought opportunities to further develop his own knowledge, taking monthly trips to Manhattan to experience the global food scene.

Blomgren's culinary repertoire flourished after graduating, first at the Five-Diamond Mandarin Oriental in Boston, MA where he was exposed to a vast array of different ingredients, techniques, and cultures. An opportunity arose to move to Colorado and assist in opening Chef's Club by Food & Wine in the St. Regis Aspen. This first-of-its-kind concept incorporated Food & Wine's Best New Chefs together on one menu. There, he also had the chance to work with Michelin-Starred chefs Mathieu Pacaud and Cyril Lignac of Paris, among other world-class chefs from around the country. He then went on to become Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Kiawah Island Club on Kiawah Island, SC. This move really solidified his commitment to sourcing great products and presenting them with minimal intervention.

In 2015, Blomgren returned to the Mandarin Oriental group as Chef de Cuisine at the brand's iconic property in Washington, D.C. under the watchful eye of Chef Adam Tanner. Reconnecting with this globally-iconic brand allowed him to travel back to Japan and dive deeper into his love with Japanese cuisine.

The allure of the West once again lead Blomgren to accept his first Executive Chef role at the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Telluride, CO, the only Four-Diamond Full-Service resort in one of the most captivating towns in the world.

A true New Englander, Blomgren and wife Casey decided to return to the East Coast, specifically Stowe, Vermont to settle down and raise a family. He is currently the Executive Chef at the Lodge at Spruce Peak's Solstice and Hourglass restaurants. Upon arrival, he re-concepted all menus to focus on locallysourced and farm-driven cuisine, building relationships with local farmers and vendors.

Chef Jessica Quiet
The Lodge at Spruce Peak | Stowe, VT
HOST CHEF

Jessica began her pastry journey starting in high school by competing in the SkillsUSA baking challenge, and walked away with first place for her home state of Vermont. She then competed in Kansas City, and place fourth in the Nation. She attended Johnson & Wales University, majoring in Baking and Pastry, and graduating Silver Key Dean's Society and member of the ACF.

Jessica found a home in the hotel industry fresh out of college, where she began work at the Charles Hotel, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A year later, she was ready to challenge herself even further, and move on to Orlando, Florida. Here she began work at the Swan and Dolphin Resort under two-time World Pastry Champion Laurant Branlard. She soon progressed on to becoming the chocolatier for the property, customizing in chocolate garnishes, bon bons and truffles, and life sized chocolate showpieces/replicas. She began entering in Chocolate Showpiece competitions, and took first place at the Festival of Chocolates with her five foot "History of Chocolate" themed showpiece.

At this time, an offer was made to move on to the Orlando World Center Marriott, a 2,004 room property, and largest non-pillared convention center in the world. She began as the resorts Chocolatier, executing personalized three-foot-tall chocolate showpieces by the hundreds for groups in house. It is here that she learned the art of mass production, and worked under the World Pastry Team Competition Judge, Felchlin Ambassador Chef Ramon Ramos. She began doing custom wedding cakes, breads, sugar work, and drover her pastry team to success by executing banquets by the thousands. She has assisted the Corporate Pastry Chef at Felchlin Switzerland, Pastry Chef of the year, Chef Anil Rohira with a few of his demos.

After 8 years in Orlando, Jessica further moved her career to the Twin Cities, and became the Pastry Chef for the JW Marriott. At the same time she gained culinary insight/experience in her dual role as the Assistant Sous Chef, and gained television experience being featured on "The Jason Show", and Minnesota's own "Kare 11 News".

Jessica recently has moved her career back to her home state, right here to the Lodge at Spruce Peak team, joining in February 2019 as the Pastry Chef. She works on a daily basis to bring her knowledge, experience, and passion to ensure each guest has a unique, special New England inspired experience.

Chef Richard Chen
Red 8 | Everett, Ma
GUEST CHEF

Only Michelin Star Chef for Chinese Cuisine in North America

US-based, Taiwan-born, Chef Richard Chen began his career in 1986 as the chef at the La Vista International Hotel, also formerly known as the Marriott World Trade Center. After strengthening his culinary skills in New York and Chicago, Chef Chen became the executive chef at Wing Leilocated inside Wynn Las Vegas. During his time in Las Vegas, he helped Wing Lei earn a Michelin star for two years in a row, positioning them as the only Chinese restaurant in North American to receive this honor and awarding Chef Chen his Michelin Star status.

Chef Kevin Des Chenes
Private Chef | Newport, RI
GUEST CHEF

"Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine
Winner of "Top Celebrity Chef Showdown"

"A Taste of New England is a spectacular event in a glorious setting. The best chefs from various parts of New England converge at Spruce Peak for a celebration of Food, Wine & Spirits. I am honored to be among those invited for this amazing gathering. The culinary collaboration, complete with spot on wine pairings is second to none. I am now forever a fan of the "Spruce Life"!"

Chef Steve DiFillippo
Davio's | Boston, MA
GUEST CHEF

Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame
2014 Restaurateur of the Year

Steve DiFillippo is the consummate restaurateur. With his award-winning Davio's brand firmly established in Boston's Back Bay, Foxborough, Chestnut Hill, Lynnfield, Braintree, Boston Seaport, Logan Airport, Atlanta, King of Prussia and The Colony, TX, DiFillippo has tackled the modern Italian restaurant. DiFillippo's reach continues to expand as his locations continue to garner critical acclaim and destination status.

Chef Tatiana Rosana
Para Maria | Boston, MA
GUEST CHEF

A first-generation Cuban-American, Chef Tatiana Rosana grew up in Miami in a traditional Cuban family where food always took center stage. It is these traditions that pushed Chef Rosana to pursue a career in the culinary industry. Inspired by her wife's Korean heritage, her own Cuban background, French training and New England experience, Chef Rosana is guided by her curiosity and openness to new cuisines. Since joining the team at The Envoy Hotel, she has competed on various nationally televised cooking competitions including Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped and Chopped Champions Tournament winning twice and earning the title of two-time Chopped Champion. When she's not in the restaurant she is sharing her dishes on her Instagram (@chef.tatiana), and spending time with her wife, Alexis and their son, Arlo.

Chef Brendan Vesey
Botanica Restaurant & Gin Bar | Portsmouth, NH
GUEST CHEF

Steel Chef 2020, NH Food Bank, Champion
Best New Restaurant, NH Magazine

"Spruce Peak is a top-notch destination in one of the most beautiful places in all of New England. To experience the natural beauty with all the amenities and hospitality was an experience I won't forget."

Chef Douglass Willliams
Mida Boston | Mida Newton
GUEST CHEF

"Participating in Spruce Peak's A Taste of New England Weekend in Stowe, VT was a highlight of the fall for my family and me. The team at Spruce Peak made me feel like part of their family; we were so happy to be there and I look forward to returning. Everything was topnotch, from the organization leading up to the event, to working with the culinary team, to the weekend itself, it surpassed my expectations in every way. Thank you and we can't wait to return in any season!

Media Contact:
Martha W. Sullivan, Sullivan Communications, 617.835.2264, Martha@SullivanCommunications.com

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