Flagstaff House executive chef/partner Chris Royster got his start washing dishes at a small family-run restaurant in New York state at age 14. After discovering his passion for the culinary arts, he steadily moved up the ranks to land 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 The Huckleberry, where he became executive chef after just one year. In 2012, he jumped at the chance to take on the role of chef de cuisine 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. Flagstaff House has been recognized with consecutive Forbes Travel Guide Four Star, AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator's Grand awards every year since 1983.