Okemo announces culinary department promotions
Okemo Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the promotion of Ellen Demers to the position of Vice President of Culinary Services, and the promotion of Chef Scot Emerson to the position of Resort Executive Chef.
Demers has been with Okemo Mountain Resort for 13 years. She was hired as operations manager and promoted to director the following year. She is a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Demers grew up in the restaurant and catering business; working summer jobs through high school and college. The restaurant where she worked during college offered her a management position upon graduating. Afterward, she worked for several corporate restaurants including 99 restaurants and TGI Fridays before getting her lucky break with a Vermont ski area. Demers worked at Stratton Mountain Resort for two years prior to her arrival at Okemo.
“Combining my love for skiing and my passion for the food industry was a dream come true,” said Demers, “and I have never looked back. I love working for Okemo! Tim and Diane Mueller and the whole leadership team have built an incredible four-season resort. I am honored to be part of the team.”
“During Ellen’s career at Okemo, she has been a staunch promoter of the culinary process and experience at Okemo,” said Okemo Mountain Resort Owner Tim Mueller. “Presently the Okemo culinary department consists of 18 different venues from full-service fine dining, to cafeteria service as well as kiosk dining operations. The philosophy of Ellen in her departments has always been about providing the best culinary options to our guests while providing top-notch and friendly service. As the vice-president of culinary services, Ellen will continue to maintain the high quality her departments are known for, while at the same time looking to make the resort experience the best possible every day.”
Chef Scot Emerson joined Okemo in November 2011 as executive chef of Coleman Brook Tavern. He came to Okemo from The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vt., where he was the Restaurant Manager. Prior to that he was with Stratton Mountain Inn and The Equinox Resort. Chef Emerson graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and has worked with the Culinary Olympic Team. He has had the honor of cooking for the Queen of England. He created the Farm-to-table initiative at Okemo by partnering with local businesses and food producers - taking the dining at Coleman Brook Tavern to new heights. Under Chef Emerson’s supervision, Coleman Brook Tavern experienced a record-breaking winter. He recently was featured in the Vermont Fresh Network’s winter edition. He traveled to New York City to cook for members of the media as part of Vermont Ski Areas Association’s “A Taste of Ski Vermont” at The Kitchen NYC, a premiere full service, state-of-the-art kitchen studio located in midtown Manhattan. Since Chef Emerson’s arrival, Coleman Brook Tavern has become a member of the Vermont Fresh Network and the American Culinary Federation.
“Being part of the Okemo family has been a wonderful experience,” said Chef Emerson. “We have a great culinary team across the mountain and I look forward to getting to work with the other managers more closely.”
Rising above the village of Ludlow, in south-central Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a four-season playground that built its reputation for quality and superior guest service as a winter retreat for skiers and snowboarders. Originally a small community-run ski hill, Okemo began to blossom in 1982 under the ownership of Tim and Diane Mueller. Creating “The Okemo Difference” consistently earns the Resort accolades and awards for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slopeside lodging, resort dining and guest service. In addition to an on-snow lineup of family fun, Okemo offers a variety of activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, a pool and fitness center, spa services, and family events and activities. Two 18-hole championship golf courses highlight the warm-weather offerings. The Resort’s Adventure Zone includes an all-season mountain coaster, zipline tours, miniature golf, disc golf, trampoline bungee jumping, a climbing wall, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag, Segway Personal Transport tours, and, debuting later this summer, a self-guided treetop challenge course. Okemo is the ideal hub from which to launch a New England adventure at any time of the year.