Executive Chef Jay Spickelmier

Executive Chef Jay  Spickelmier

Executive Chef Jay Spickelmier

Gessner Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Vail | Vail, CO |

Growing up in Denver Colorado, Jay Spickelmier joined the restaurant industry at age fourteen. His culinary career quickly took shape 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. Jay became The Executive chef for Gessner Restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Vail, 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. I am a family man and look forward to raising my children in our amazing mountain setting, while growing with a wonderful team of people at Grand Hyatt Vail for the foreseeable future."


Come visit Chef Jay at Rose, the Lamb Cook-Off and the Grand Tasting.

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