Stein Eriksen chef takes turn in national spotlight |

Stein Eriksen chef takes turn in national spotlight

It will be a merry Christmas for one local chef.

Zane Holmquist, executive chef at Stein Eriksen Lodge, is scheduled to appear on a Christmas day special of NBC’s Today morning show. According to a press release, this marks the fourth time he has been invited to be a guest on the show. His segment is scheduled to air during the 8 a.m. hour Mountain Standard Time.

"This is an extremely exciting opportunity for me and the Lodge," said Holmquist in the release. "Today is such a highly respected national program and to be able to display our fare once again to millions of viewers will be an unparalleled experience."

Holmquist will be making two holiday-themed treats and three drinks on the show, according to the release. To go along with candy cane kettle corn, honey-smoked almonds and peanut-butter-and-jelly hot chocolate, he will make two cocktails featuring High West Distillery’s Double Rye: the Utah Stonewall and the Utah Pumpkin Pie Whiskey Milkshake.

According to the press release, Holmquist’s versatility is his greatest asset. The variety of dishes he prepares with locally grown and organic products has helped Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Glitretind restaurant earn Forbes’ Four-Star award, among other recognitions. Some if his most popular dishes include his Seared Fois Gras and Crisp Bananas, Braised Utah Boneless Kobe Short Ribs and Wild Game Chili.

As well as his work with Stein Eriksen, Holmquist is involved in the community. According to the release, he is a partner in Chef’s Garden’s Veggie U program, which educates children about the benefits of healthy eating to combat childhood obesity. He also participates in Taste of the Nation, an event that aims to fight world hunger.