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Passionate Chef, I seek perfection in every dish
Chef and owner Dave Hafer graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in 1992, concentrating in food and beverage management. He arrived in Telluride later that year, working various positions ranging from prep cook to head chef in three different restaurants. Leaving Telluride in 1995, he thought he would be gone for the winter. Six years later, he found his way back to the San Juan Mountains full of culinary experience from throughout the Western Hemisphere.
During his time away from Telluride, Dave managed restaurants in Hawaii, San Francisco, the Cayman Islands and Boston and with that absorbed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of food.
For me, cooking is...
My calling, the science that I treasure the most.
I learned to cook at...
Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, concentrating in food and beverage management.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Without a doubt, Mario Batali.
A cooking secret...
No secrets, simply hard work, dedication, consistency and care.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Telluride.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Telluride. You name it!
David's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef David
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.