Meet Your Chef: Ally Stephens of Season to Taste

Immediately after a 10-calendar year occupation in the insurance policies and economic business, Stephens realized she wished to begin above and the foodstuff market was a pure preference.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photograph

Editor’s Observe: The Vail Every day is showcasing area chefs in a new sequence identified as “Meet Your Chef” so you can understand a bit additional about individuals creating artwork in the kitchen area. If you are a community chef and would like to be a portion of this series, please email Tricia Swenson ([email protected]) and Sean Naylor ([email protected]).

Q: What is your title, where do you prepare dinner and what is your official title?

A: Ally Stephens, proprietor/executive chef of Season to Style

Q: How extended have you lived in the valley and what introduced you here?

A: I have lived in the valley given that 2016. I’m from south of the Denver region so we have been coming up to the valley due to the fact I was a young little one. My husband and I made the decision to shift right here entire time as we were spending all our totally free time in the mountains and needed to be part of the community.

Q: When did you 1st comprehend that you wished to grow to be a chef?

A: Soon after a 10-calendar year career in the coverage and fiscal industry, I knew I needed to begin above and the food stuff industry was a organic alternative. I did not want to operate in eating places, so I commenced Time to Taste, a boutique catering and personal chef enterprise, quickly right after completing an intensive culinary arts system at Cook dinner Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver.

When Stephens resolved she desired to swap occupations, she enrolled in an intensive culinary arts software at Cook Road University of Culinary Arts.
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Q: Who has motivated you all over your culinary journey?

A: First and foremost, it has often been my mom and dad. My mom owned a catering and cake decorating organization even though I was increasing up and my father has normally relished cooking and building in the kitchen. They the two believe that in what I’m performing and of program enjoy my dishes.

Q: What’s your favored spice?

A: Pepper to go along with salt

Q: Most loved protein?

A: Fish and seafood! As a Colorado native, residing in a landlocked condition, I comprehend it is a amusing favored but I could try to eat fish/seafood for breakfast, lunch and meal.

Q: Favored fruits and veggies?

A: Fruits: avocado, raspberries and peaches, and, and and…

Veggies: I like searching farmers markets in the summer months for inspiration.

Stephens loves searching farmers markets in the summer for inspiration.
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Q: Identify your carb: pasta, potatoes, rice, polenta, etc.?

A: Really fantastic crusty bread, ideally do-it-yourself or from a area artisan, adopted by pasta.

Q: What’s your favored convenience foodstuff?

A: Sushi!

Stephens loves any sort of fish and seafood.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photograph

Q: Is there anything at all else about you we should really share?

A: Occasionally, I journey with clientele as their personal chef. I have cooked for a consumer on a personal yacht for five months and really honed my skills in that modest galley area cooking and utilizing contemporary caught fish and domestically developed veggies. I also operate youngsters cooking camps in the summertime.