Kitchen and Dining Room
Cholly’s first season at VVR was the winter of 1997/1998 as Sous Chef. He fell so in love with the ranch and Colorado, that he stayed almost 10 years until he met his future wife here,and followed her back to Vermont. There Cholly pursued his love of bread baking at a small artisan bakery. The sunshine of Colorado called Cholly and Alaya back in 2010 when Cholly became the bread baker for Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder until Charlie called him back with the Executive Chef position in 2012. When not in the kitchen, Cholly is probably backcountry skiing, playing with his 1 year old son, Eamon, or being the king of snowball fights!
John has been cooking for close to 15 years now. He has cooked all across the nation in some of the best restaurants! It is his dream job. Aside from cooking John loves the outdoors. He loves to fly fish and tie flies. John thoroughly enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, Erica, and two dogs, Goldie and Olly.
Andrew’s favorite hobbies when he is not in the kitchen is playing guitar and back packing! He really enjoys skate skiing and is a big fan of Canadian Electro-Pop artist named Lights. If Andrew could travel back in time, it would be to 1450 to witness Johannes Gutenberg inventing the printing press. Another interesting fact is that he used to be able to solve the rubik’s cube. Andrew doesn’t like mustard, ketchup, or pickle relish. Yes, he eats his hot dogs plain. Could this be why he became a chef?
Peter enjoys hiking, traveling and rock climbing. He has traveled to Spain, Italy and France. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree of Aerospace Engineering this past May. He also enjoys working on cars and building RC planes.
Bridgette has spent six years living in the Middle East working as a freelance camerawoman and photographer. She is currently based in Beirut. Bridgette graduated from New York University with a BFA in Photography and Imaging and a MA from UC Santa Cruz in Social Documentation. She is an old friend of John & Erica Thompson who told her about VVR. She is excited to spend this season cooking with a great team and exploring the outdoors!
On the bright and hopeful day of October 16, Tim Phillips was born into this world. Since then lots of great things have happened, memories made, and now he is living his dream here at Vista Verde! Previous to coming to the ranch, he was working at Cabela’s and the historic Waco Hippodrome theater. Being from the great state of Texas, Tim is excited to get out the the dish pit and have some fun adventures in the snow!
This is Bubba’s second season in charge of the dining room! He loves spending time outdoors, especially fishing. Bubba has been involved in guest ranch services for 5 years now. Fun fact: Bubba was previously involved with the Steamboat Dance Theatre, a production that showcases many different styles of dancing; he performed the barn dance scene from the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He is now working on another dance theatre routine for this spring! If you ever get a chance, ask Bubba about his cross stitching days!
Zach is actually from the Georgia side of Chattanooga, TN. In the past Zach graduated from West Georgia with a degree in Theatre. He has been in travelling shows and holds the world record for longest dramatic performance. Zach came to VVR looking for a life change back in May and fell head over heels for Colorado. He enjoys hiking, running, camping, exploring, travelling, and the arts. Being born and raised in the South, this is his first REAL winter and he can’t wait for all his new experiences, including snowball fights and skiing!
Emily loves to travel; this past off- season she traveled to Moab, California, ,and back home to New Jersey. In the past, she has been to Alaska, Jordan, Israel, Wales, Ireland, England, and Finland. One of her “non-resume” skills is being able to pack a trunk to full capacity. She loves to collect hats and eat vegetables. In the summer she can always be seen hiking, but in the winter her favorite things to do are snowshoeing and staying indoors! This season she is committed to loving winter to its fullest!
A native New Yorker, this season at VVR is Danna’s first journey “out west”. Her previous adventures include trips to Europe, Mexico, and the Bahamas. She has studied technical theatre in school, and is an amateur photographer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. Her free time is spent in rock concert venues, face buried in a book, or spinning with her sacred circle (hula hoop!).
Taryn is from Boise, Idaho, although she has been in the beautiful state of Colorado since 2009. Taryn graduated from Colorado State University in December 2013 with a degree in International Studies & Spanish. She spent this summer traveling through Europe and working with horses! She loves horses and cannot wait to ride at Vista Verde this winter every chance she gets. In her free time, Taryn loves to read, watch movies, sing, musical theater, and ski!