Leading the innovative culinary team at The Hermitage Club properties is Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier. Originally from Dalton, Massachusetts, Chef Bonnivier has enjoyed a career spanning over 35 years working for Michelin-rated and AAA-rated 4 & 5 star restaurants and resorts, including The Pheonician Resort, Cranwell Resort and, most recently, The Orchards Hotel.
Chef’s true passion for “farm-to-table” dining comes from his childhood first job, learning from Maître Cuisinier Jean Morel at the Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale NY at age 14. Chef discovered the thrill of using the best and freshest ingredients in the making of soufflés and pastries, to the usage of whole animals and the freshness of products from the local surrounding farms.
After graduating Johnson & Wales College, Chef went on to work with the world-renowned Chef Roger Vergé at the Michelin-starred Moulin de Mougins in Mougins, France. Chef Bonnivier continues to create distinct flavor combinations that celebrate authentic regional cuisine using the freshest local ingredients from Vermont farms. His food and menu development is truly based on fresh, local, simple ingredients and a desire to cook the food that the people want.
In addition to numerous local accolades, Chef Bonnivier was honored as 2014 Chef of the year by the Massachusetts Lodging association. He has been lauded in local publications, and also published in national publications, including Food Arts, Saveur and Flavor magazines. A proud veteran of the U.S. military, Chef Bonnivier continues to contribute his time to working with those in need, and has been named Man of the Year by local charitable organizations, such as the Berkshire Community Action Counsel.
With Chef Bonnivier’s seasoned talent within the Michelin rated restaurant world an extensive experience in the culinary arena, Chef Bonnivier and his team are committed to delivering great food and service to The Hermitage Club properties’ guests. He currently resides in the Berkshires with his wife, Linda, and is the father of three children, two of whom work within The Hermitage Club properties.