After pursuing a bachelor’s degree at The University of Colorado, Chef Chris Colburn moved west to begin his culinary career in San Francisco, California and was immediately at the forefront of the farm to table movement working at Stars Restaurant with the legendary James Beard award winner and cookbook author Chef Jeremiah Tower.
Chris was lured back to his home town of Denver by Chef Bryan Moscatello, Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef,” to lead the pastry department at Adega Restaurant + Wine Bar, one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in America.” Colburn was then tapped to open Mirepoix at the JW Marriott, Moscatello’s second eatery in the Mile High City.
Moving to Nantucket, Massachusetts, he spent the next 9 years with restaurateurs Jeff Worster and Susan Handy as Chef de Cuisine of The Chanticleer, the famed 140-seat French chateau style restaurant in the tiny village of ‘Sconset. This is where he met his wife Karen, also an accomplished chef, and a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of Canada.
Now living on Prince Edward Island, Chris is the Executive Chef at Dalvay-by-the-Sea, a National Historic Site of Canada and one of the countries most celebrated boutique hotels.
Chef Colburn’s seasonal menus take inspiration from his extensive travels and celebrate the region’s hard working farmers and fisherman with the prominent use of Atlantic Canadian seafood, locally raised meat, and handpicked vegetables and herbs from Dalvay’s organic garden.