Chef Rocky started his restaurant career in the dish area of a French bistro in his native Santa Fe. His first chef and mentor, Jean-Jacques Alexandre, noticed a spark in young Durham and offered him an apprenticeship.
Chef Rocky went on to get his degree in Classical French Technique in Portland, Oregon. Armed only with his knife roll, Durham traveled and worked in some of our nation’s food capitals.
In 1999 he moved to London to head up a small restaurant group named after his beloved home town. In three years there were Santa Fes in eight British cities. While in the U.K. Durham wrote and presented two television series; Plates From The States and South Of The Border.
Durham has worked professionally on five continents.
Chef Rocky has found a home at The Blue Heron at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in gorgeous La Cienega, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe. There you can enjoy his particular brand of New American cuisine marked with and abundance of local products and Durham’s playful nature.