Granby Ranch hires new executive chef
November 26, 2014
GRANBY — Granby Ranch welcomes Executive Chef Robert Citto, who was hired to upgrade the offerings at the entire resort, including the Granby Ranch Grill the and Dining Hall.
Citto brings 25 years of cooking experience to the resort. He specializes in scratch cooking and baking that keeps food fresh and simple. Citto says that he has a passion for cooking and baking, but he also loves fly-fishing.
"Granby Ranch is such a perfect spot for me, both professionally and personally," Citto explains. "I am excited to work here so that I can meet the members, locals and guests and learn about what they do – and don't! – like to eat."
Citto, originally from New York City, is a Culinary Institute of America graduate. He has worked under many talented chefs over the years, learning different techniques and methods. Additionally, he has traveled around the U.S. and abroad working as an executive chef in four-star fine dining resorts, country clubs, yachts and restaurants.
"I've worked in Costa Rica, Panama and I even spent a short time in Italy, working on an organic farm planting vegetables and helping out at the B&B cooking lunch and dinner," says Citto. "My travels are represented in my eclectic style of cooking because I learned to fuse a lot of different ingredients and methods."
Previously, Citto wrote a food and wine blog for the Tallahassee Democrat and did more than 25 episodes of live cooking demonstrations on the local CBS station WC-TV. Most recently Citto ran a cooking school where he created cooking classes for guests that taught them how to have fun in the kitchen.
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"I have a passion for food and I always want to better myself as a chef so I love to take classes when I can," explains Citto.
He has completed wine courses under certified master sommeliers; advanced artisan bread baking classes, including advanced sourdough classes under a certified master baker in San Francisco; and he even took cooking classes while traveling through Thailand for a month.
"We're excited to have Chef Citto on our team," says Wenda Houseman, V.P. Marketing & Sales at Granby Ranch. "His love of food is contagious and it comes through on the plate. Chef Citto's creations are going to be a real treat for not only our guests, but also for residents and locals who will appreciate the elevation in cuisine that Chef Citto brings to Grand County."
Learn more about Granby Ranch at http://www.granbyranch.com.
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