Friday, July 10, 2009

WilloughVale Inn Head Chef Julian Borge Fuses Local and Fresh

Willoughvale Inn’s new head chef Julian Borge blends his Hawaiian origins, a yen for fusion cooking and the palate of a saucier to produce an array of interesting culinary offerings highlighted on this season’s menu at the Inn.

Borge began his lifelong love affair with cooking when he was a kid working at his parents’ homestyle restaurant in Hawaii. He left the islands at the age of 18 for the big lights and bigger restaurants of Las Vegas where his work took him to the MGM Grand, the Luxor and the 5-star rated Pahrump Valley Vineyard restaurant near the border between Nevada and California.

Borge formalized his training at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont. After graduating, Borge eventually made his way to the Jay Peak resort where he worked for the past 5 years in the Hotel Jay’s restaurant as well as several other local eateries in the Newport and Derby area.

Says Innkeeper Roy Clark, “We’re delighted to welcome Julian to the Willoughvale. We’re certain our guests as well as travelers and local residents visiting the Inn will enjoy sampling traditional Vermont favorites prepared with Julian’s knack for blending and pairing local ingredients in new creative ways.”

Julian’s chef specialties and menu items are selected with an eye towards using the freshest Vermont produce and products. Borge’s expertise as a saucier is reflected in his interest in creating compotes, relishes and sauces designed to compliment dishes with innovative flavorings inspired by the area’s locally grown bounty.

The WilloughVale Inn, sister property to the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT, is situated in an exquisite natural setting on the shores of Lake Willoughby in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. Lodging and dining at the WilloughVale are gracious and relaxed, providing a perfect destination for vacationing in all four seasons. Accommodations at the WilloughVale Inn include ten unique Inn rooms, four cozy lakefront cottages and four lakeview cottages with all the comforts of home. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is a wilderness jewel offering outstanding recreational activities year-round.

For more information, visit or call 800-594-9102.

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