Routt County Spotlight: Chris McKenzie

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Chris McKenzie

Age: 34

Occupation: Chef (certified chef, certified pastry chef)

Place of birth: Anderson, Ind.

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?

A. October 2009. The lifestyle.

Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?

A. Moving to Steamboat.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Up at 4 a.m. Long bath. At the restaurant by 6 a.m. If there is powder, I take a ski break from 9 to 11 a.m.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. Gary Zukav, “The Seat of the Soul.” It just opened my eyes to how we are all part of the human experience together.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Learn from other people’s mistakes. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. I’m not from Texas. I make wine. My dog really is my best friend.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An orthodontist.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. Auguste Escoffier, Thomas Keller, Gandhi and Bill Gates — how to feed the world’s hungry.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Cookbooks.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that,” what is that?

A. Cheat a friend.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Chipping asphalt off of tanker trucks as a 12-year-old.

Q. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what of and why did you choose it?

A. Sleeves themed with fruits and veggies.

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. Medieval Scotland.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?

A. Fish, ski, snowshoe, camp — hard to choose.

Favorites

Book: “The French Laundry”

Song: “’39” by Queen or “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

Color: Blue

Food: Foie gras

Sport to watch: Auto racing

Vacation spot: Central America

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