Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail Announces New Executive Chef Marco Fossati
Distinguished chef and culinary leader Marco Fossati has been appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Fossati has an impressive culinary career that began more than 30 years ago in his home country of Italy. After completing his culinary studies, he began working at various establishments including luxury hotels, Michelin starred restaurants, and private clubs. He is known for his outgoing, guest-centred personality, and no doubt he will be welcomed with open arms in the community throughout the Vail Valley. His career has taken him to amazing locations such as Tuscany, Milano, Sardinia, Paris, Hamburg and London.
Fossati’s career began cooking Sunday dinners with his grandparents. “Cooking is in my family,” Fossati says. Marco Fossati is originally from the Italian Riviera, and half of his family is Piemontese, from the northern region of Italy. Marco’s great-grandfather was Executive Chef of the renowned Italian cruise liner, Rex, which was featured in the Hollywood classic Dodsworth.
“I became a chef because I love cooking and it makes me feel free. Cooking is art; you only do it if you are passionate about your work and willing to sacrifice time and youth for a purpose.” Fossati’s inspiration comes from working in different parts of the world, working with different chefs, and acknowledging that there are different ways to see and manipulate the same ingredient. He loves to learn about different cultures and people that influence both his methods and ingredients, and ultimately shape new dishes.
“There is a certain excitement that comes with an enhanced resort and having the opportunity to create something new and unique, as the entire resort is currently being reimagined,” says Chef Marco. “The concept behind the new Remedy Bar is beautiful and modern and we’re crafting a new menu with more than a dozen newly imagined dishes this will be available shortly; this is all very exciting, it feels like I’ve gotten the keys to a new Ferrari!”
Marco has a wealth of Four Seasons experience. Beginning originally as Chef de Partie at the Milano property, he then went on to Four Seasons properties in Palo Alto followed by Sharm El Sheikh, and eventually on to the Biltmore Santa Barbara. Now, he is very pleased to expand on his prior experience in his new home in the Colorado Rockies at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.
“Ever since I came to Vail to visit the property and meet with the team, my mind has been overflowing with menu ideas,” shared Chef Fossati. “My family and I are very excited about this new adventure and next chapter in our lives. We love the outdoors and are ecstatic about the chance to live in such a beautiful mountainous area."
Chef Fossati firmly believes in his team and helping them grow. He prides himself on his desire to develop his team, while he continues to learn himself. “I look to encourage my team to push themselves out of their comfort zone, so they too are challenged and can learn,” notes Chef Fossati. “I strongly believe that if everyone works together, then everyone can learn from one another; being an executive chef is not only about cooking, but leading and managing a team and an operation – and growing everything together.”
As Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Chef Fossati oversees all culinary aspects for the Resort including menu development for The Remedy Bar, Flame Restaurant, in-room dining; customised menus for private parties and special guests; and events, meetings and banquets. With a team of 32, inclusive of 4 sous chefs, Chef Fossati prides himself on connecting with the guests, his team in the kitchen and the local community. He is looking forward to sourcing local ingredients from farmers in the Rockies, pairing his culinary works of art with wines from the across the globe and then marrying these elements for an unforgettable dining experience for guests.
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