New Chef at Hotel Don Fernando reinterprets New Mexican favorites

By Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 8/23/19

“We’ll be adding our own unique twist,” said Chef Damon Simonton, who recently joined the staff at Hotel Don Fernando at 1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, “rather than just …

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New Chef at Hotel Don Fernando reinterprets New Mexican favorites

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“We’ll be adding our own unique twist,” said Chef Damon Simonton, who recently joined the staff at Hotel Don Fernando at 1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, “rather than just serving traditional fare in the traditional way.” He described several examples: chicharrones with a chimichurri sauce, a shrimp tostada and a roasted piñon-crusted chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and bathed in a red pepper cream sauce.

Simonton is no stranger to the Taos cuisine scene, having worked with Joseph Reed at the former Joseph’s Table as well as at Old Martina’s Hall and the former Ogelvie’s and El Mez. He’s also worked as culinary arts instructor at UNM-Taos and served as mentor to students in the Taos High School culinary arts program.

Under Chef Damon’s direction, the Don Fernando will feature special Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s feasts and will begin serving a new Sunday brunch menu on Sept. 8.

The recently renovated Hotel Don Fernando is now one of the properties in the Tapestries Collection by Hilton.

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