– CATERING CHEF –
Chef Paul Rose is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He completed the Associate and Bachelor’s Degree programs in Culinary Arts, while minoring in both Psychology and Leadership Studies. He now has close to 20 years of progressive restaurant experience.
Working in kitchens from an early age, Paul quickly discovered a passion for both culinary arts as well as the fast-passed, high stress, kitchen environment. He began his official training Sophomore year of high school at a vocational high school on Cape Cod. After finishing that program, he began his studies at Johnson & Wales University, while working full time at a 5 Star 5 Diamond hotel on the Cape. In 2009 he came to Beaver Creek, Colorado, for his senior internship at Beano’s Cabin, and like many visitors, he fell in love with the beautiful Colorado Mountains. Following his internship, Paul returned to the East Coast to finish his degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Six months later, Paul made the move back to Colorado, this time, to Aspen. Upon his return, he worked as sous chef at both the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass, CO and The Aspen Meadows Resort where he ran the fine dining restaurant. While in Aspen, he worked closely with interns from all over the country and discovered a second passion, teaching. He was given the opportunity to teach for YouthEntity, a nonprofit organization located in Carbondale, CO. YouthEntity’s program ProStart, is a two-year National Restaurant Association accredited high school program. His position working with ProStart gave Paul experience in writing curriculum and developing training programs.
As is unfortunately all too common in the restaurant industry, Paul developed a substance abuse disorder over his years of working in the kitchen. He was finally able to attain sobriety and piece his life back together after years of battling addiction and the struggles that come along with it. With the support of his partner, friends, and family, Paul has come to a peaceful place in his recovery and is now helping others who have walked a similar path. Through his experience teaching and training interns and his passion for culinary arts, Paul looks forward to helping others by providing a safe kitchen environment and job skills training to people in early recovery.