|Chef Ken Lingle|
Ken started his culinary career 18 years ago at a Northern Italian Restaurant before attending the Culinary Institute of American where he graduated in the top of his class. Ken’s initial love for food was sparked by his childhood, growing up on the coast of Maine where he learned to appreciate the bounty of the sea. Following his love of the sea Ken went to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Hawaii and followed that with a brief apprenticeship at Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands.
Upon graduation Ken had visions of heading west, but instead chose the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont to build his resume. Garde Manger Chef, Banquet Tournant and Sous Chef were the roles Ken assumed during his four-year stay. Looking for a change, Ken moved to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa to assume the role of Golden Trout Restaurant Chef. After Nemacolin, Ken moved his talents to The Sagamore Resort, where he took on the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Four Diamond Trillium Restaurant and the “Chef for a Day” program. Kens last 3 years have been spent as Executive Chef where he oversaw the hotels 7 restaurants and banquet operation. Most recently he has assumed the role of Executive Chef at the boutique four diamond Inn at Erlowest.
Ken describes his cuisine as simple and seasonal with eclectic influence. He stresses how important it is to maintain a comfortable and casual work atmosphere without sacrificing quality. He is very passionate about artisan style products and purveyors.
Ken’s other accomplishments include: New York State Restaurant Association Restrateur of the Year 2005, Two time James Beard House participant, Certificate of Excellence From the Chaine de Rotisseur, Member of The Resort Food Executive Committee, and medal winner in American Culinary Federation sponsored competitions. Kens plans for the future include a gourmet restaurant shop and/or Chef/instructor at The Culinary Institute of America.
When not cooking, Ken enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, hiking and snowshoeing and spending time with his wife, Jayceen, and their son, Tyler.