Slice of Life with Kendall Ross

Chef de Partie Kendall Ross is a graduate of the ACFEF apprenticeship program at at The Broadmoor Hotel & Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since graduating from the apprenticeship program, Ross has staged in acclaimed restaurants and is part of a traveling culinary team that cooks for musicians Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart and their band mates at a different location each evening. Interested in an apprenticeship? Visit our website for more information.

8:00 a.m.
We arrive at the venue and unload the kitchen: flat top and induction burners set up, ovens turned on, prep tables set, and pots, pans and china are unpacked for service.

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast prep begins with simple breakfast sandwiches.

9:30 a.m.
Breakfast is served. Lunch prep begins, which is usually something simple: an entrée and a vegetarian option.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch is served buffet style . The focus immediately switches to dinner. I start on large tasks: braises on the menu go in right away. I butcher the meat and make a sauce from the trim. Fish is fabricated from whole. Side dishes, garde manger platters, cheese boards and dessert is prepped.

3:15 p.m.
A special meal is prepared and plated for Cyndi Lauper.

5:30 p.m.
Dinner is served. We serve four entrees every day: a poultry, other meat, fish and vegetarian dish. We serve sides and a starch and service runs until 8:30.

8:30 p.m.
Breakdown begins: I clean equipment and dishes, and pack cases, with a few pieces of equipment reserved.

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Everything goes back in the truck for the next day’s show.

9:30 p.m.
I’m finished cleaning and packing and watch the show from the side stage.

11:00 p.m.
We cook and plate a special meal for Rod Stewart. I clean up and head back to the tour bus where after-show food is provided, as well as a nice selection of beer and wine.

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