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Brundage Mountain Welcomes Chef Sam Hess, Introduces Other Key Players in New Roles

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Brundage Mountain Welcomes Chef Sam Hess, Introduces Other Key Players in New Roles


Brundage Mountain Welcomes Chef Sam Hess to the Resort’s Culinary Team, Introduces Other Key Players in New Roles

Brundage Mountain Resort is excited to welcome Sam Hess as the resort’s new Executive Chef.

Hess brings 20 years of experience to the position. Sam is trained in the classic French style and has honed his culinary craft over the years by working in award-winning kitchens in New Orleans and Orlando. Hess has trained under Emeril Legasse, among other James Beard award winners, and has developed original restaurant concepts in Texas and the Bahamas. In recent years, Sam has been at the helm of some of Central Idaho’s finest restaurants.

Chef Hess’ talents and experience with many different cuisines will bring a fresh take to the expanding culinary offerings at Brundage Mountain Resort and Brundage Mountain Catering.

Brundage Mountain is also excited to welcome Tom Owen as Accounting and Finance Manager. Tom earned a Masters Degree in Accounting at Gonzaga University in Spokane and has worked for several top accounting firms around the globe, including his most recent role working in Switzerland at KPMG. 

The Mountain Operations Department is happy to announce that a key position on the Lift Maintenance team has been filled by industry veteran, Charlie Pitcock (not pictured). Pitcock’s two-decade career has included work in snow making, snow making installation, grooming, heavy equipment operation, lift operations, lift maintenance, lift installation, supervision and management. His addition in the role of Lift Electrician rounds out Brundage Mountain’s highly-experienced Lift Maintenance team.

Brundage Mountain would also like to acknowledge two other key team members who are moving into new roles at the resort.

Michael Hayes, who has worked in group sales and marketing for the past seven years, is taking on a new role as Event Manager. Hayes has spent his career in a variety of roles in both the golf and ski industries and will bring an intimate knowledge of Brundage Mountain operations and the local community to his new position.

Sara Moghadam is taking on a new role as Food & Beverage Manager. Moghadam,  a familiar face to many guests, is a seasoned craft cocktail bartender with experience at a wide range of resorts. Her career has taken her to St. Thomas, San Diego and Alaska. She’s spent the past five seasons as bar manager for Smoky’s Bar & Grill at Brundage Mountain.