Welcome Back Chef Bryan


The Little Nell is pleased to announce that Bryan Moscatello will return to the property as executive chef. Moscatello served in the position from 1992 to 2000 and has since worked at a variety of acclaimed restaurants around the country.

Moscatello most recently has been the chef partner at Storefront Company in Chicago, where he earned three stars from the Chicago Tribune. He was the executive chef/general manager at Bistro Toujours, Levy Restaurants in Deer Valley; executive chef/managing partner at Adega Partners in Denver; executive chef at Stir Food Group in Washington, DC; and culinary director with Tenzing Wine & Spirits in Chicago. He was recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s Ten Best New Chefs in 2003.

“Coming back to Aspen is like coming home,” Moscatello said. “I’ve returned to Aspen over the years for snowboarding trips and events like the Food & Wine Classic, but there has always been this desire to find my way back.”

Little Nell General Manager Simon Chen, who himself returned to the property this year after nearly 20 years away, is excited to offer guests the next iteration of dining at the hotel.

“Bryan’s style of cooking is really the alpine mountain cuisine that put Aspen on the map,” Chen said. “He will continue to promote our farm-to-table ethos and devotion to great local products, but what guests should expect to see is a heartier approach to food with deeper flavors and sustenance.”

Moscatello looks forward to working with the hotel’s team of dedicated chefs and cooking dishes like Colorado lamb with charred local onion, sautéed kale and Yukon gold gnocchi with wild chanterelle mushrooms.

He also looks forward to getting back into Colorado’s famous healthy lifestyle.

“I was so much healthier when I lived in Aspen,” he said. “I can’t wait to start snowboarding and mountain biking again.”

Moscatello will begin work at The Little Nell on December 2. He replaces Robert McCormick.