Chef de Cuisine, J.D. Baldridge

jd baldridge chef at ajax tavern in aspen

J.D. Baldridge earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality from Oklahoma State University, and completed a study abroad program at the Caesar Ritz Hotelier School in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, where he studied European Cuisine and International Hotel Management. Following college, J.D. moved to New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America in their A.C.E program – a fast track for students with industry experience. While in school, he had brief experiences working in the kitchens at Le Bernardin, Mailino, Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. J.D. was his team’s leader at C.I.A, and nominated to present the welcome address at his graduation.

In 2013, J.D. moved to Aspen to work at Ajax Tavern, and within five months, was promoted to supervisor. A year later, he was offered the position of Sous Chef at element 47, and during that time the restaurant received its Five-Star designation from Forbes, and The Little Nell received its Relais & Chateaux affiliation. In September 2015, J.D. was elevated to Chef de Cuisine at Ajax Tavern, and brought back classic French Bistro fare, such as Duck Cassoulet, Coq au Vin and the Frisee aux Lardon salad with Truffle Vinaigrette. J.D. thinks it’s exciting to work at a place where people are not only passionate about their profession, but their world outside of work as well. He shares many hobbies with his fellow chefs, such as skiing on powder days and hiking, camping and fishing trips in the summer.

Contact

685 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81611

ajaxtavern@thelittlenell.com

Phone

970.920.6334

Hours

HOURS: 11:30 AM - 9 PM

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The Dom Perignon Party - New Year's at The Nell
The “it party” of the holiday season takes over the main and lower levels of the hotel with live music and DJs, bottomless Dom Perignon, an open bar and food stations from element 47 that will be replenished throughout the night.
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Your Aspen Adventure Awaits
We love finding ways to provide our guests with enticing Aspen experiences that go beyond the hotel’s amenities. This winter, we’re excited to offer six such exclusive experiences: First Tracks, Snowcat Powder Tours, Full Moon Powder Tours, Snowcat Academy, Ski Patrol Sweep and Groom the Mountain.
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NYE Clicquot Cats
Clicquot Cats debut this New Year's Eve with three snowcats available for buy-out (up to 12 guests) for the 8 pm and midnight fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain.


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