Degrees of separation from Bill White

Remember the Kevin Bacon game? Chances are your last good Utah dinner was actually just one degree of separation away from the godfather of Utah cuisine.

Just follow the food and you’ll find that many Utah chefs and restaurateurs started out working for or with Park City restaurant pioneer Bill White, whose collection of distinct and beautiful restaurants still dominates Main Street. We’ll call him the Kevin Bacon of Utah food.

Dave Mullen
The chef de cuisine at ultra-exclusive Apex at Montage was also head chef at Grappa. Apex, Montage, 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, 435-604-1300

Michael Leclerc
The chef at 350 Main was once head chef at Grappa. 350 Main, 350 Main St., Park City, 435-649-3140

Eric Debonis
The owner of The Paris was co-owner with White of the Olive Barrel, White’s first restaurant in Deer Valley.The Paris, 1500 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-5585 and Sea Salt, 1709 E. 1300 South, SLC, 801-349-1480 

Michael Showers
The executive chef at Goldener Hirsch was head chef at Bill White’s Grappa. Goldener Hirsch, 7570 Royal St., Park City, 435-649-7770 

Clement Gelas
Now the chef at the new Slopes in Waldorf Astoria Park City, Gelas was head chef at Wahso. Slopes, Waldorf Astoria Park City, 2100 Frostwood Blvd. Park City, 435-647-5500

John Murcko
Executive chef at Talisker/Canyons, Murcko was executive chef and director of operations at Bill White Enterprises. Canyons, 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, 888-226-9667

Christian French
The Trio Group/Fresco executive was manager of Grappa. Trio, 680 S. 900 East, SLC,  801-533-8746; 6405 S. 3000 East, SLC, 801-944-8746. Fresco, 1513 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-1300

Kevin & Bob Valaika
Owner and chef of Shabu, Kevin was manager at Grappa and Chimayo; Bob was head chef at Wahso. Shabu, 442 Main St., Park City, 435-645-7253 

Kenny Lovette
Now manager of The Spur Bar & Grill, Lovette was server and manager at Chimayo. The Spur Bar & Grill, 352 Main St., Park City, 435-615-1618

Alain Viny
Now an account exec at Young’s Market, Viny was manager at Grappa and assistant beverage director of Bill White Enterprises. Young’s Market, 2180 S. 1300 East, Ste. 500, SLC, 801-886-0096

The Bill White Enterprises Restaurants

Chimayo Southwestern Restaurant 
68 Main St., Park City, 435-649-6222

Grappa Italian Café
151 Main St., Park City, 435-645-0636

Wahso, An Asian Grill 
577 Main St., Park City, 435-615-0300

Ghidotti’s Italia
6030 Market St., Ste.100, Park City, 435-658-0669

Windy Ridge Café
1250 Iron Horse Dr., Park City, 435-647-0880

Bakery at Windy Ridge
1750 Ironhorse Dr., Park City, 435-647-0911