Wayfarer travel TV exclusive: talking après and culinary at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

by James Wilkinson

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado can firmly lay claim to being one of America’s best alpine hotels, thanks to its spectacular location, stylish rooms and suites, legendary après offerings at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain and the culinary delights across the property.

Leading the team at the five-diamond Little Nell is popular Culinary Director, Matt Zubrod, who is well known for his international style of cuisine loaded-up with the best produce Colorado has to offer.

Zubrod began his career with Ritz-Carlton, initially working in Aspen, Naples and Boston before moving on to the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego as Executive Sous-Chef.

In 1999, he took over The Vail Cascade Resort as Executive Chef and opened The Ritz-Carlton, Aspen Highlands as Executive Chef in 2001.

He next moved to Hawaii where he opened Monette’s at Mauna Kea Resort, which he ran for several years.

A short stopover in California at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa brought Matt, his wife, Denise, and their children back to the mainland.

In 2013, they returned to Aspen where he served as Executive Chef at BB’s Kitchen until joining The Little Nell.

Zubrod says his style of cooking encompasses a variety of flavours informed by Alpine and coastal influences from his time working in the Rocky Mountains and by the Pacific Ocean.

To find out what to what’s on offer at the Little Nell, Wayfarer host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke exclusively on camera to Zubrod at the property recently and to view the video, click on the YouTube video above.


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