Our Executive Chef, Bola Togun, and his team have been cookin’ up a storm here at the lodge!  We just rolled out a brand new menu featuring comfort food favorites such as pot roast, homemade fried chicken, panfried catfish, mini slider burgers, homemade meatloaf, homemade pizzas, stuffed baked potatoes but each is infused with his own twist. We also added a “Fresh and Honest Eco-Inspired Cuisine” section of the menu that includes items like salmon, shrimp scampi and oven-roasted chicken.   Chef has implemented an amuse bouche – or free little bite –  at the beginning of each meal to wake up your palate.

His fresh made apple-fritters have everyone in town talking.  People have begun to drive up here just to purchase them to take home and enjoy.

Chef Bola Togun is originally from Nigeria and came to the United States to pursue a  career in the kitchen.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and has over 15 years of experience.  He has worked at Bayfront Hilton in St. Petersburg Florida, The Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Country Club, and Northfork Bar and Grill, and now has been with us at Quartz Mountain since last summer.

I sat down with Chef Bola to ask him some questions:

Q:  Did you cook growing up?
A:  No I didn’t but I watched my mom cook.

Q:  What made you decide you would become a professional cook?
A:  Watching other chefs in restaurants inspired me to want to cook

Q:  Where were you trained and how difficult was your training?
A:  Most of my training is on the job started out washing dishes, prep, etc.

Q:  Best piece of advice you would give a home enthusiast?
A:  Have fun with cooking and try different recipes.

Q:  Favorite food to cook with?
A:  Steaks and seafood.

Q:  When at home what do you like to eat?
A:  I like to eat home cooked meals like meatloaf, gravy, and fish.

Q:  Your favorite cookbook?
A:  I usually don’t read cookbooks.

Q:  What are the challenges and rewards of cooking at the resort?

A:  The team at the resort and everybody’s efforts make it fun to work here.  The rewards far out weigh the challenges.

See the new menus from Chef at Quartz Mountain Resort’s Sundance Cafe including the new eco-inspired cuisine.

Chef Bola Togun in the Kitchen

Chef Bola Togun in the kitchen.

Leave a comment to ask Chef Bola recipe questions or to ask for advice on cooking, and  of course, he’ll be happy to help with ideas for your next event here at the lodge.