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Meet Your Chef: Ally Stephens of Season to Taste

Get to know your local Vail Valley chefs

After a 10-year career in the insurance and financial industry, Stephens knew she wanted to start over and the food industry was a natural choice.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photo

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 (tswenson@vaildaily.com) and Sean Naylor (snaylor@vaildaily.com).

Q: What is your name, where do you cook and what is your official title?

A: Ally Stephens, owner/executive chef of Season to Taste



Q: How long have you lived in the valley and what brought you here?

A: I’ve lived in the valley since 2016. I’m from south of the Denver area so we have been coming up to the valley since I was a young child. My husband and I decided to move here full time as we were spending all our free time in the mountains and wanted to join the community.



Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to become a chef?

A: After a 10-year career in the insurance and financial industry, I knew I wanted to start over and the food industry was a natural choice. I didn’t want to work in restaurants, so I started Season to Taste, a boutique catering and personal chef business, immediately after completing an intensive culinary arts program at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver.

When Stephens decided she wanted to switch careers, she enrolled in an intensive culinary arts program at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photo

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your culinary journey?

A: First and foremost, it has always been my parents. My mom owned a catering and cake decorating company while I was growing up and my dad has always enjoyed cooking and creating in the kitchen. They both believe in what I’m doing and of course enjoy my dishes.

Q: What’s your favorite spice?

A: Pepper to go along with salt

Q: Favorite protein?

A: Fish and seafood! As a Colorado native, living in a landlocked state, I realize it’s a funny favorite but I could eat fish/seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Q: Favorite fruits and veggies?

A: Fruits: avocado, raspberries and peaches, and, and and…

Veggies: I love browsing farmers markets in the summer for inspiration.

Stephens loves browsing farmers markets in the summer for inspiration.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photo

Q: Name your carb: pasta, potatoes, rice, polenta, etc.?

A: Really good crusty bread, preferably homemade or from a local artisan, followed by pasta.

Q: What’s your favorite comfort food?

A: Sushi!

Stephens loves any kind of fish and seafood.
Ally Stephens/Courtesy photo

Q: Is there anything else about you we should share?

A: Occasionally, I travel with clients as their private chef. I’ve cooked for a client on a private yacht for five weeks and really honed my skills in that small galley space cooking and utilizing fresh caught fish and locally grown veggies. I also run kids cooking camps in the summer.


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