New chef de cuisine puts summer melon salad on the menu at The Broadmoor’s Summit restaurant

Hirakata Farms’ Rocky Ford Cantaloupe and Honeydew melons featured in innovative salad at Broadmoor Hall’s Summit French Bistro

Coloradans look forward to the brief- and sweet- Rocky Ford melon season all year long. It’s fitting that Colorado’s premier hotel and resort would showcase melons from Rocky Ford’s Hirakata Farms on the menu at Summit, the French bistro in Broadmoor Hall.

The new chef de cuisine for the Summit French bistro, Luis Young, created the Summit Melon Salad to highlight the incredible sweetness of the local melons, which can be found in groceries and farmer’s markets for a few fleeting weeks each summer.

“The family farms like Hirakata Farms of the Rocky Ford Growers Association provide us with the most wonderful melons to work with,” said Young. “It’s important to let the quality stand out with a simple and elegant salad that you can enjoy with us at the Summit restaurant, or create at home.”

Chef Luis’ work represents the perfect match between luxury and simplicity. His technique evokes the highest levels of quality and attention to detail, maintaining a clean and fresh style. His food is a constant homage to great ingredients.

Chef Luis is an acclaimed chef who has worked in the world's finest kitchens, including Alinea and the Celler De Can Roca, and most recently at the French Laundry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University and a master’s degree from The Basque Culinary Center in Spain, with outstanding performance in the top of his class.

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Sarah Beatty

PR Contact, M&C Communications

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About Hirakata Farms

Hirakata Farms is committed to bringing our customers safe and quality produce. Our family farm covers more than 1200 acres around Rocky Ford Colorado’s Arkansas Valley. We consider ourselves stewards of this land that we’ve been so very fortunate to farm for more than 100 years. We’re dedicated to using our water and other natural resources wisely to ensure that future generations benefit from our legacy.

We are, and always have been committed to the safety and integrity of our produce. Hirakata Farms is a member of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and the lead packer for Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, a melon which has had a perfect safety record since 1887. When you see the Hirakata Farms/Rocky Ford Growers Association sticker you will know our cantaloupes, watermelons, and honeydews have been grown and packaged following stringent national safety procedures.


Rocky Ford, Colorado