Meet Your Chef: Alberto Soto of Slope Room
Get to know your local Vail Valley chefs
Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area chefs in a new series called “Meet Your Chef” so you can learn a bit more about those creating art in the kitchen. If you’re a local chef and would like to be a part of this series please email Tricia Swenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sean Naylor (email@example.com).
Q: What is your name, where do you cook and what is your official title?
A: Alberto Soto, executive chef of Slope Room at Gravity Haus in Vail.
Q: How long have you lived in the valley and what brought you here?
A: I have lived in Vail since October 2020. I moved up to Vail in order to open Slope Room.
Q: Who has inspired you throughout your culinary journey?
A: I have had several inspirations throughout my career but the one that stands out the most is Grant Achatz. When I first picked up his “Alinea” cookbook I was hooked, I knew that I would be pursuing a career as a chef. My mentor Kevin Taylor and his son Ryan Taylor have also been a huge inspiration to me, they provided me with the foundation I needed in order to be successful in this industry. My chef de cuisine, Frank Blea and his contribution throughout the opening of Slope Room has also proven to be a great inspiration to me. Using his Michelin Star experience, he has helped build what Slope Room is today.
Q: What’s your favorite spice?
A: It would be hard to land on a single favorite spice but I currently really favor black cardamom. Dried over an open fire it radiates a powerful smoky aroma.
Q: Favorite protein?
A: I love the versatility of chicken and pork. These proteins are also used in some of my favorite dishes like posole, vindaloo, carnitas and fried chicken.
Q: Favorite fruits and veggies?
A: Favorite fruits are figs, persimmons, bananas and chilis. Favorite veggies are beets, radishes, tomatoes and parsnips.
Q: Name your carb: pasta, potatoes, rice, polenta, etc.?
A: My favorite carb is rice. Rice is the most consumed food in the world, every single culture has a unique rice dish which is fascinating. If I had to choose a final meal, it would absolutely consist of sushi rice, grilled chicken, grilled ponzued jalapenos and furikake.
Q: What’s your favorite comfort food?
A: My favorite comfort food is pizza, any kind of chowder and fried chicken.