“A taste of the world”
You wouldn’t expect to find an award winning gourmet chef tucked away in a strip mall, but that’s exactly where Chef David Welch serves up his life’s passion. Chef David Welch was born and raised in the American Heartland, Iowa. He moved to Summit County in 1978 at age 17, to ski. David worked as a dishwasher at the upscale Garden Room at Keystone Resort until he was hired as a night Sous Chef (the second in command). “ I fell in love with it instantly”, Welch said of cooking. He worked his way up the ranks as an informal apprentice, learning the discipline of making everything from scratch. He rotated among high-scale restaurants in Summit and Eagle counties, and finally landed back at Keystone – this time at The Keystone Ranch. Chef Welch won Zagat’s No. 1 rating as a chef at the Keystone Ranch three years in a row. The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association and Colorado Mountain College culinary school voted him state Chef of the Year. After decades of cooking behind double doors, and nine years as Executive Chef at The Keystone Ranch, Welch decided to start Food Hedz World Café. He placed himself in an open café, where his customers can tell him exactly how they want their entrees prepared. “For me, the key is to see and talk to folks. You need to earn appreciation every single day, all day long. All of those medals don’t matter. It’s whether or not you like that bowl of soup or that bread.”
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