Spruce Up Your Summer Menus with These Exclusive Recipes

Chef Shawn Armstrong of Montage Deer Valley shares some of his most prized dishes

Shawn Armstrong

Looking for new and exciting recipes for your gatherings this summer? Why not add some color to your menus and celebrate nature’s bounty by experimenting with rare and unique ingredients. A simple substitution of greens in a salad or trying a different meat on the grill can vamp up any meal and are sure to add variety to your cooking repertoire. At the Montage Deer Valley resort in Utah, executive chef Shawn Armstrong is doing just that. Armstrong takes the ordinary to extraordinary by offering fresh, farm-to-table dishes that highlight the indigenous mountainous ingredients that Utah has to offer.

With more than two decades of experience on several different continents, Armstrong is no stranger to the culinary arts. After spending time in kitchens at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Singapore’s Cliff Restaurant, and the Maldives’ Coral Reef Resort, Armstrong has settled in at Utah’s exclusive resort, where he brings his worldly experience to its flagship Apex Restaurant. His many accolades include his award-winning cuisines developed over the years at premier resorts in Asia, as well as being named the Global Chef of the Year by Singapore’s premier culinary academy At-Sunrice, and earning a Three-Chef-Hat rating for his work at Cliff Restaurant in Singapore.

With these recipes from Montage Deer Valley, Armstrong shares elegant and simple ways to spruce up your cooking regimen. A summer salad is a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds with the use of fiddleheads and lucky rainbow sorrel, risotto is redefined when made with barley and paired with elk loin, and the trout almandine recipe takes a seasonal staple and infuses it with sophistication. Hand-crafted by Armstrong himself, these recipes use earthy and unusual ingredients to enhance your cooking but are easy enough for you to do at home.

Charred Bison Flank with Summer Salad Recipe

"For a meat dish high in protein and lower in fat than other steak entrées, this bison flank salad is a winning combination. Not only is bison..."

- Shawn Armstrong





Elk Loin with Barley Risotto Recipe

"This recipe is a celebration of a unique mountain staple that uses simple and earthy ingredients to create a unique and flavorful summertime dish..."

- Shawn Armstrong





Trout Almandine Recipe

"Utah is not only home to some of the country’s best blue ribbon fly fishing, but also the quality of the state’s trout is unrivaled. For a quick preparation..."

- Shawn Armstrong