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

Ajax Tavern is currently closed for off season. Please join us when we reopen on Thursday,June 1 for lunch.

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The Little Nell Reopening
The hotel will reopen for check-in on Thursday, June 1. Ajax Tavern will reopen for lunch on June 1. Element 47 will reopen for dinner on June 1. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
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element 47 Off Season Specials
Celebrate off season in Aspen with the best deals in town! Join us for dinner Wednesdays - Sundays for a 3 for $37 special.
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Ajax Tavern Off Season Specials
Enjoy spring specials at Aspen's favorite bistro and slopeside patio. Ajax Tavern is open daily from 11:30 am - 9 pm.


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