At this time of year Houston boss Mark Parmley (whose work included El Big Bad and The Capitol in St. Germaine) was preparing for a summer work vacation at Anglers Lodge, Alaska. There he would work with an abundance of the best seafood in the world, including wild salmon and king crab – and he would bring some of that abundance back to his hometown every fall. This year, however, his performance fell through. “Unfortunately they wanted to go a different way this year. They did what they had to do for the business up there. “As the saying goes, one door closes and another opens. Instead of traveling to Alaska, Parmley spends the summer cooking with South Fork Lodge in Idaho. Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel and fly fishing guide Oliver White bought it in June 2020.
Parmley traveled to Los Angeles to interview Kimmel in person for the performance. No doubt his years of experience preparing freshly caught fish and seafood in fishermen’s huts helped him get the job. There was another factor: a recommendation from the James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd the lower abdomen hospitality. Shepherd appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in November 2019 to demonstrate his Korean braised goat and dumplings, a recipe featured in his Houston-themed cookbook. Cook like a local. Shepherd and Kimmel clearly got on so well that the chef knew about the job and could recommend Parmley to others.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the interview option. “On the same day [the Alaska job fell through]Chris Shepherd called to meet me with Jimmy and Adam Perry Lang here in Hollywood, ”Parmley said.
I look forward to finally getting to know you and having some time to talk about the future! Thanks for the opportunity senor and the elevator home. @Jimmy Kimmel
Posted by Mark Parmley on Wednesday March 31st, 2021
Shepherd’s PR representative (and now wife) Lindsey Brown Says, “Jimmy Kimmel reached out to Chris to ask if he knew anyone who might be interested in cooking for a fly fishing lodge in Idaho. Since Parmley did something similar in Alaska, Chris linked him to Jimmy. And it looks like they hit it off! “
Houston-based chef Mark Parmley will work at a fly fishing lodge owned by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Photo by Mark Parmley.
South Fork Lodge is located in east Idaho, south of Yellowstone State Park and only about 35 minutes’ drive from the Wyoming border. She is being marketed for her “world class fly fishing”. Some of the species anglers can catch from the adjacent Snake River are various types of trout, such as Yellowstone Cutthroat, Rainbow, and Brown. In addition to the on-site restaurant, which Parmley will work at, which not only serves fish on the menu, but also steaks, grilled pork and seasonal vegetables, there are also guided boat trips and a fully stocked fly fishing equipment shop for overnight camping in the canyon and rooms by Cabins to the River House, which can accommodate eight people. Three meals a day are included, as is an open bar (except for premium selections).
According to the website, those considering visiting from outside of the state will likely want to fly to Idaho Falls Regional Airport, just 35 miles away, or Jackson, Wyoming. A shuttle service from both is available, and flights to both airports are usually offered through Salt Lake City or Denver.
All of this luxury comes at a price. A three-night, two-day stay costs $ 2,695 per person. It sounds like Kimmel is a long way from being the only well-heeled fly fishing fan Parmley is going to cook this year.
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