Born in Korea and raised primarily in Colorado, Honga Im has always had a deep love for the mountains and the outdoors. After completing her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BFA in sculpture and painting, she settled in Telluride, finding the spectacular setting a perfect fit for her lifestyle. As it turned out, it was also the ideal place to successfully fuel her equally intense passion for cooking. An avid traveler who enjoys studying the food behind each culture she visits, Honga’s level of enthusiasm and curiosity has led her to dine everywhere from five-star kitchens in Thailand to back-alley food carts in Vietnam. She has flown hundreds of thousands of miles over the years in order to explore countries around the globe, tasting and becoming inspired by the many flavors along the way. Today, Honga enjoys spending time with her children, Raven and Clark, and overseeing the ins and outs of both her restaurant and cookbook. She still, however, manages to sneak in morning mountain bike rides and powder days skiing whenever possible, never growing tired of the breathtaking scenery and unique spirit that drew her to Telluride in the first place.
In his 24 years in the Telluride region, Chad has managed to wow people with his love and knowledge of food and restaurants. He is a great chef, loving his job with a passion that is apparent in his presentation and combinations of flavors.
Chad makes it his business to know his food, where it comes from and how it is handled. From his knife sharpening skills to running two very different kitchens in the restaurant ( the hot kitchen and the sushi line ) he can handle the large demands of both.
When he’s not thinking of what sauce will go with hamachi, he spends time loving the great outdoors and travelling to see what flavors are just around the corner…… "I love what I do , even after 22 years." Chad loves the people he works with and the feeling is mutual.