Steamboat Springs Person of the Month - Chef Kate Rench
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
It is often said that in order to excel in a specialty and to gain an insightful, imaginative disposition in regards to a career, one must start with grunt work – the work that is not particularly appealing to any soul, but must be done. The work that inspires transgression from a career that simply follows a mindless rut. To Chef Kate Rench, now of Café Diva, the grunt accompanied with her introductory position in the restaurant industry, flipping burgers at a pub, did not strip her of her artistic culinary spirit, but rather impelled her to turn her grease ladling hands into food sculpting instruments. Kate honed her art at the French Culinary Institute, earning her an award in the name of one of the most renowned French chefs, Jacques Pépin – the right hand of Julia Child and master of his own right.
A truly dedicated and passionate person forever hears the music associated with their profession, even in the toughest of times – be it sorting mail or wielding a spatula. Kate originally followed her tune to a position in a four-star restaurant in Manhattan, Jean-Georges Restaurant, and soon after, executive chef positions on the East Coast. With the confidence in her cooking abilities and the notion to create a unique dining premise, Chef Kate parted for the mountains of Steamboat Springs – where the beauty of her cooking could cooperate with the provisions of the environment.
Chef Kate is distinguished in the town of Steamboat Springs as the cherished executive chef of Café Diva, who attracts patrons and visitors with her relentlessly refined menu, which borrows ingredients so expertly chosen by the surrounding nature of Colorado. For a true Steamboat Springs dining experience that satisfies the palette and grants energy for mountain activities, let Chef Kate Rench sculpt one of the best meals of your life.
In each city there is a gem of a restaurant that establishes a link between the culture of the city and the surroundings within which it resides. There is a café that somehow creates a forever-embedded association as serving the best food to ever pass the palette. Yet, each city can offer the best food you’ve ever tasted. Chef Kate is one who creates that sensation in Steamboat Springs at Café Diva. Her food, combined with the aura of Steamboat Springs, results in more than just another meal, but a memory that inspires your return to the mountains of Colorado.