Executive Chef/Partner Chris Royster got his start washing dishes at a small family-run restaurant in New York state at age 14 before discovering a passion for the culinary arts and steadily moving up the ranks, landing his first Executive Chef position at the wunderkind-age of 17. He relocated to Colorado after a few years, settling in the Boulder area and working the kitchens at well-known Boulder County restaurants Zucca and sister concept The Huckleberry, where he became executive chef after just three years. Six years ago he jumped at the chance to take on the role of sous chef at Flagstaff House under esteemed Executive Chef Mark Monette.
Chef Chris is a past recipient of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 award and was crowned one of Food Network’s Chopped Champions in 2016. The Flagstaff House’s daily changing menu under Chef Chris is anchored by elegant and deceptively simple dishes, complex in flavor with exotic influences that reflect his extensive overseas travel while maintaining the restaurant’s storied Colorado roots.