has been cooking ever since he
could reach the table.
grandparents emigrated from Norway at the turn of the century, and some of his
earliest memories are of cooking with his
grandmother in her
Raised in Seattle, Chef Sordahl graduated from culinary school and continued his education at the French Pastry School of Chicago.
Rick began his career working at the exclusive Florida coast resorts Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo and the Resort at Longboat Key, where he discovered some of the finest fish in the country and perfected his considerable seafood culinary skills.
"When cooking fish, there is a delicate line to maintain the integrity and balance so that the flavor remains intact," he
In 2000, Chef Sordahl was recognized nationally by Zagat, earning a Top Ten Award in Las Vegas as Executive Chef for "Trumpets" Anthem.
went on to receive the AAA Four Diamond and Mobil Four Star awards at his
next position as Executive Chef for The Washington Duke Inn at Duke University
in North Carolina.
was honored by Culinary Trends magazine
and James Beard Southeastern Chef's Alliance
Rick joined the team at the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa in the summer of 2008 as Executive Chef of the AAA Four Diamond-rated Wild Sage restaurant.
currently hangs his
toque at the prestigious Amangani- Jackson Hole Wyoming.
2010 Conde' Nast voted the Amangani property the #1 Ski Resort in North America and its readers voted "Amangani one of the best resorts in the world."
says, "I have never enjoyed my career more than at Aman.
cuisine is characterized by international influences and top-quality ingredients.
"I have a strong devotion to local, natural products and ingredients," Chef Sordahl says.
"There is nothing I like more than to get a farmer or grower ignited with the field-to-table passion.
I like to present fresh, quality products and bold flavors with a clean, stylized plate."
2010 The James Beard Foundation has formally invited Chef Sordahl to New York to receive Americas highest Culinary honors.
is happy to be back to the place he
calls home with his
wife, Dana, and daughter, Keri.
An avid outdoorsman, he
says, "I feel most comfortable with my fly rod in hand foraging through these unbelievable rivers.
not busy in the Amangani kitchen, Rick
can often be found with his
dogs LeRoux, Ginny & Riley hiking and fishing the Teton Valley.
Spend some time with Executive Chef Rick Sordahl of the Amangani Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.
Here, Chef Rick answers our questions about foodservice trends, topics and what he'd eat if it were his last day on earth.