Guest Celebrity Theo Otte,  Owner and Executive Chef of 626 on Rood – Modern American Cuisine & Wine Bar in Grand Junction, brings 30 years of culinary experience to Edesia.

Best known for innovative takes on American classics, Chef Theo is influenced by the cuisine of southern Europe, Latin American and Asia.   He will prepare the dessert for the internationally-inspired VIP Luncheon.

Chef Theo, a popular figure on the Western Slope culinary landscape,  has participated in Edesia on a regular basis as a vendor and demonstration chef.  The new VIP Luncheon is another venue for him to showcase his considerable talents.

With broad culinary and restaurant experience in fine dining establishments, Otte has taught cooking classes, conducted food and wine pairing seminars, and written for national publications. In 2004, he was named Chef of the West by Taste of the Nation – Share Our Strength.

Enjoying a national and state-wide reputation as an innovator, Otte works with Palisade area growers to source the finest local ingredients, which he features on the menu throughout the year. Beginning on Tuesdays in June, he will showcase local produce and fruits at his weekly Patio Farmer’s Market. Otte’s wife, Brenda Wray, is his business partner and runs the front of the house in the restaurant/wine bar.