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“The highlight of our vacation -- Chef Lisa Ruoff is awesome!”

Chef's Table at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa
Ranked #12 of 71 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: US$50 - US$100
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: For a culinary adventure unrivaled in the Essex, VT region, have a seat at Chef's Table at Amuse. Our chefs offer the finest, freshest local ingredients and creates a new array of courses each and every Friday and Saturday night. When you walk in and take your place at the open kitchen, you will have a front-row seat to view the culinary magic happen before your eyes. Savor traditional foods in a new light, and open your palate to tastes you may never have experienced before.
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This was our third cooking class at the Essex – and the best. We took the “Taste of France” class taught by Chef Lisa Ruoff. She was a great instructor and was open to questions and very helpful. We learned new things, and better ways of doing old things (like dicing an onion). Our group had so much fun practicing on the onions, we diced what we were supposed to slice (but it all turned out wonderful anyway). Our class was made up of six different groups of two, but we all worked together wonderfully. Chef Lisa was concerned about allergies and special diets (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) which was nice. My husband and I didn’t think we liked duck, but the Duck A l Orange that we cooked was delicious. I will make the Ratatouille and the Potato Lyonnais at home (but with less butter!)
Chef Lisa made our class very enjoyable – I highly recommend taking any of the classes that she offers. She was assisted by a very lovely young lady named Evelyn. They made it a wonderful experience for everyone.

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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We took the Primo Pasta class with Chef Lisa and A Taste of Austria with Chef Anthony S. Both were fantastic, but we preferred the Austrian class because it was smaller (6 vs 12) and it was easier to jump in and cook (that was the point!). Chef Anthony S was a great teacher and very relaxed in the kitchen.

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Reviewed 14 July 2015

What a great experience. Wrote a review under Junction Restaurant...the food, the service, watching the chefs prepare our food was a great evening. I'm a "foodie" and rarely give 5 stars, but this certainly was! I would definitely recommend reservations, and I would request the chef's table, which is a very nice bar area overlooking the open kitchen. There are only 6 seats, and it was very comfortable and fun!

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

What a dinner we had! Everything was good and we barely had place for dessert which was also incredible. This is a perfect restaurant for couples who want to enjoy an nice, long, romantic evening with a several service dinner and a bottle a wine. It's a bit pricy but all worth it; it's a culinary experience after all.

Thank Pat L
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EssexResort-VT, General Manager at Chef's Table at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2015

Hi Pat L, we are so happy you enjoyed the experience. Very proud of Shawn and his team, they Rock! Please come see us again

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Bob

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We ate here this past weekend and what an experience it was! Each course was deelish and yes, rich too! Although chef Michael was a bit on the quiet side, his cooking was on point. He explained the plates, food, and method of preparation. The only negative I would say is that our meat dish was served barely warm, more like room temperature - too bad, that part was disappointing. The rest though was very good, and tasty. It was our first time eating at a chef's table. The wine waiter was very attentive and friendly. Good job all around. A note to the resto, put some good lounge background music...needs a bit more ambiance..

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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at Chef's Table at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear Peens,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review of your experience with Chef Michael for dinner. I often hear wonderful mentions of his ability to take his guests on a fantastic journey of food exploration all the while having some fun. Your comment regarding the ambiance in the room has been shared by others and we have heard you loud and clear. A complete makeover is in the final planning stages and we anticipate a new and improved look with unparalleled service to be introduced before this summer season. Please keep your eyes and ears open for the grand re-opening announcement.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations

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