Meet Gessner’s Executive Chef Jay Spickelmier

February 20, 2019

Jay Spickelmier joined the restaurant industry at age fourteen in Denver, Colorado. His culinary career quickly took shape while in Boulder, Colorado’s restaurant seen, which included the iconic Flagstaff House.


Finding his passion and the entrepreneur spirit, Chef Spickelmier was at the helm in the kitchen early in his career. In 2001, he began working the gamut of restaurants in The Vail Valley including, the former The Vail Cascade Resort, The Left Bank, Sonnenalp Hotel and The Ritz Carlton. After leaving The Vail Valley to bring several restaurant concepts to life in Denver, he returned home in 2011 and joined the Cascade Resort now Hotel Talisa. Jay became The Executive Jay for Hotel Talisa in 2018.

“My passion for cooking is found in the adventurous Rocky Mountain lifestyle and all that Vail and the surrounding area has to offer. I consider myself an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy everything under the sun. Finding new inspiration to define Rocky Mountain Cuisine only requires a quick glance at the natural beauty that surrounds us.”

See below for a few examples of Jay’s creations.



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