There's a huge, spicy smile on Arturo Flores' face as he talks about spices. When Chimayo's executive chef describes his exotic reductions, dried and fresh peppers, and the distinctive flavors of the Southwest, it's like it was a beautiful corrido: “cumin, paprika, Mexican oregano, coriander, and peppers ... like ancho, guajillo, puya, morita, jalapeño ... blood orange and passion fruit and other juices,” he says. “Spices are what get me excited about being a chef.”
Flores gave up a life as a lawyer in Mexico City when he moved to Park City some 20 years ago to work in the culinary arts—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He's been the executive chef at Chimayo for more than 15 years now. And Park City's culinary scene is better for it, too.
Try Flores' heavenly Crown Roast of Barbecued Spareribs or delectable Lamb Osso Bucco. His menu is as comfort-oriented as it is exotic and enticing. Check out Chimayo's menu.
Photographer's note: In addition to the key light to Flores' right, I set a CTO-gelled flash at Arturo's feet to give the slight effect that he was standing in front of while behind his is Chimayo's grand fireplace. Spicy! A different photo and an article ran in the Summer '14 issue of Park City Magazine.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.