Meet The Chef

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At the helm of Big Delicious Catering’s culinary experience is Owner and Executive Chef, Hunter Smith. He loves creating custom experiences for guests that far exceed any expectation. Those who have the chance to enjoy Hunter’s cuisine will undoubtedly taste his passion for food. With an eclectic background in everything from Japanese to French techniques, he uses fresh ingredients to make unique culinary concepts come to life. You might have seen him on the hit TV Show "Iron Chef America" with acclaimed Vail restaurateur Kelly Liken. Hunter's philosophy is that simple food can be wonderful if it is cooked correctly - his perfect meal combines anything locally sourced that is cooked to perfection.

Hunter always knew he wanted to be a chef. At 14, he began working at restaurants in Steamboat Springs, CO, first as a dishwasher and eventually working as a cook before he graduated high school. After high school, and at age 17, he began his official culinary journey and attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, VT. While at the institute, he interned in Marco Island, FL at Tuscany and Quinn’s and then at the well-known Nobu in Miami Beach, FL. It was at Nobu that he gathered knowledge of Mediterranean flavors with Japanese techniques that he continues to utilize to this day.

However, his true love is for French cooking, knowledge he gained in Charlotte, NC, while working at Bonterra as sous chef at age 20 and then chef de cuisine until he was 25. After that he moved to Vail, Colorado to take a position as sous chef at La Tour restaurant in Vail Village, and later as sous chef at the nationally renowned Restaurant Kelly Liken. While at Kelly Liken, Hunter also appeared on the Food Network’s popular show, Iron Chef America.

Today, as executive chef and owner of Big Delicious Catering, Hunter creates a blend of beautiful dining options for every type of event, from intimate gatherings to large multi-day festivals.