Our Chefs and Instructors

Below is a List of People That Have Taught Classes or Cooked at the Cooking School of Aspen

Rob Ittner

Owner and Director of CSoA

Rob Ittner

300p-Chef-RobIttnerRob has been the owner of Rustique Bistro (www.RustiqueBistro.com) for 15 years.  He attended culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley California.  Rob was an instructor at New England Culinary Institute where he taught Restaurant Operation and Wine Classes.

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Glenn H. Smith

Chef and Artist

Glenn H. Smith

Glen Smith Photo SquareBold, bright, inventive and approachable is not only how Chef Glenn Smith describes his food but also his personality. As a self-professed culinary entertainer, he shares his love of food while communicating his passion for cooking with humor

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Dipika Rai

Chef Instructor

Dipika Rai

Dipika Rai, self-professed writer-foodie-gypsy, was born in Delhi, India. She was schooled in the foothills of the Himalayas. She lived in Bali for 20 years where she wrote on Indonesian art and taught cooking to numerous enthusiasts.

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Randy Placeres

Chef

Randy Placeres

Randy Placeras Photo FaceGrowing up in Northern California farming town of Tracy I was surrounded by apricots, cherry trees, walnuts tomatoes everything. I worked summers and that was helpful shaping the appreciation I have for farming and the people who work to bring us food.

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Susie Jimenez

Chef, Caterer, TV Talent

Susie Jimenez

It seemed natural for me to become a chef growing up with a family that migrated to pick the seasonal crops every year. The love and passion for food is present every day since my life does revolve around what I’m going to prepare for my husband, friends and family.

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Chef C. Barclay Dodge

Chef Ower bosq Restaurant

Chef C. Barclay Dodge

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Executive Chef Barclay Dodge has truly dedicated his life to following his passion for cooking, operating and owning restaurants. Beginning his career at the age of 17 in his hometown of Aspen, CO.

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Matt Zubrod

Executive Chef Little Nell

Matt Zubrod

My first chef told me, “Everyone is out to fuck you, so prepare yourself today so that if no one shows up to work tomorrow, you won’t be in the shit”.

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Bryan Nelson

Chef & Caterer

Bryan Nelson

Bryan Nelson brings an inventive and polished style to his cuisine. He seamlessly combines fresh, locally grown and organic ingredients with the highest quality ingredients. His mouthwatering dishes demonstrate simple beauty. “Food should be treated with special care,” says Nelson, “all the way to the plate, from land or sea.”

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