Chef Gaspar Stantic, a Switzerland native, is the Master Chef at The Oak Room at The Copper Beech Inn. Gaspar’s training never stops and he believes that is what it takes to be a great chef. He is constantly searching for meaningful food experiences he can bring to the table and turn into a work of art. His focus is to create simplistic yet flavorful meals that will have guests lining up for more.
More than fifty years ago, his journey as a chef began when he started cooking alongside his mother. This encouraged him to become a chef’s apprentice at fourteen years old and move along to complete his Master Chef training in Vienna, Austria. From then on forward, he has accomplished much more than your average chef having prepared food around the world. Throughout his career, he has worked at elite hotels and restaurants in countries such as France, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Hong Kong. Gaspar’s impressive resume includes having cooked twice for Queen Elizabeth of England and been an Executive Chef at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Finally, in the 1980’s, Gaspar arrived in the United States and took on the roles of Master Chef and multi-restaurant owner. He continued to build his extensive resume through having been an Executive Chef at Helmsley Palace in New York City and worked for Donald Trump as a culinary adviser. He formerly owned restaurants spanning from Texas to Connecticut that always had people buzzing. Even with his busy schedule, he has found time to write six cookbooks, as well as, become great friends with Mario Batali and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Since Gaspar’s beginning as a Master Chef, he has won hundreds of culinary prizes. Some of his most notable accolades include: winning gold medals from the 1968, 1972, and 1984 Culinary Olympic competitions; being named Chef of the Year in 1985 by the Swiss Culinary Federation in New York City; being a member of the USA Culinary Olympic Team in 1988; and earning first place in the 1991 Leading National Gourmet Guide for his restaurant at the time, New American Cuisine, by Zagat Survey.
As a result of his cultural experiences, Gaspar is fluent in six plus languages. In the words of Chef Gaspar Stantic, “Simple elements create great things."
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