Montana Chef

Montana Chef

Born near Cincinnati inspired by Montana. Jeff Brauer is a personal chef that has been professionally trained through school and years of work in gourmet kitchens. He specializes in family gatherings, intimate parties, and corporate events. Jeff offers the best ingredients sourced locally whenever possible in an effort to accommodate the most unique diets and lifestyles.


Catering & Events

Whether it’s a formal dinner, a luncheon, or a child’s birthday party, I’m happy to create a customized menu for you and am available on an as-needed basis. My culinary background provides a broad array of food styles and cuisines to pull from. I’ve handled everything from Superbowl parties to family get-togethers and holiday gatherings.

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Chef Services

Specializing in dinner parties that are hosted in your home, I begin by working with you to create a custom menu for your event. We’ll discuss what courses you’d like prepared and the menu items for each one. I’ll take into account any dietary restrictions, seasonality of food, and the general execution so that you and your guests can relax and leave the food preparation, serving and cleanup to me.

Sample Menu

We customize each menu for your event and family. The items below are
ideas that our other customers have enjoyed recently.


Meat and cheese platter – a variety of the finest cheeses, cured meats, smoked fish, artisan crackers, berries and nuts (vegan selections available)

Lamb chops – single bone lamb marinated in rosemary and olive oil served with lingonberry sauce

Tuna poke – sushi grade Ahi dressed with grated ginger, fresh lime juice, soy sauce, garlic and chives with fried won ton chips

Rock shrimp – lightly fried tossed in a sweet creamy spicy sauce

Diver scallop ceviche – prepared Peruvian style with plenty of lime

Softshell crab – fried and served with watermelon and balsamic reduction  

Tempura vegetable – lightly battered then fried seasonal vegetables served with ponzu and matcha salt

Spinach artichoke dip – served with baked pita chips and raw vegetables

Fois Gras – with 100 year aged balsamic


Watercress and Arugula – dill, tarragon basil, lemon and olive oil with pistachios 

Kale – with soy sauce, garlic, lime, burrata and almonds

Microgreen – carrots, radish and watermelon

Tomato and avocado – grilled romaine and olive oil

Pear – poached with bibb lettuce, gorgonzola and candied walnuts

Watermelon – feta, red onion and basil

Strawberry – sautéed almonds, romaine, Halloumi, and lemon

Classic Caesar – crouton and imported cheese 


Salmon – Ora King salmon or wild Sockeye when available served with apple and current salsa 

Swordfish – coated with ground pistachios and lemon zest

Ahi tuna – Fresh herbs with pineapple salsa

Black Cod –  prepared Japanese style using miso, mirin, and sake

Beef tenderloin – available in grades of Prime, American Waygu and A5 Kobe with Maille mustard demi-glace

Strip loin – also available in grades of Prime, American Waygu, and A5 Kobe with watercress and green peppercorn sauce 

Fried chicken – thin sliced chicken breast served with truffle honey butter

Lamb chops –  with honey and macadamia nut crust


Creme brûlée

Chocolate flourless cake – with caramel and raspberries

Oreos – deep-fried served with local ice cream and chocolate ganache

Apple pie – a la mode

Key lime pie


Cauliflower steaks – olive oil and cracked pepper

Carrots – sautéed with orange juice and ginger

Celery root – baked with olive oil

Beets – roasted with balsamic and herbs

Asparagus – grilled with lemon zest and parmesan

Broccoli – sautéed or roasted 


Sushi rice

Sweet potatoes –  wedges roasted skin-on

Potatoes au gratin

Mashed potatoes – including Boirsin, horseradish and smoked cheddar, buttermilk and parmesan

Couscous – fresh herbs, caramelized onions and pistachios

Butternut squash puree

Truffle fries – with parmesan

Chef’s Corner

Riverhouse Review

Almost every day I drive by the Riverhouse and if it’s dinner time their parking lot is typically full. And for good reason they have some of the best BBQ in Montana maybe even in all of the South. The rub that’s used on the grilled wings is exceptional. The wings are tender and flavorful. […]

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5 Drinks You’ll Crave After Skiing in Big Sky, Montana

COLD SMOKE SCOTCH ALE – KETTLEHOUSE BREWING CO. Cold Smoke, a scotch ale with a subtle sweet coffee finish. Named after that light fluffy snow that falls in Montana. This is definitely a beer full of flavor and high in alcohol to warm the bones and it’s brewed in Missoula, Montana. BLACKBERRY BRANDY Years ago I had […]

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Homemade Lasagna with Fresh Noodles

I’ve been trying to perfect the way I make lasagna for the past 10 years. It’s a bit of a personal obsession. This recipe is the culmination of my years of tinkering and refining to my personal preference. The variations and twists that each chef can bring to this classic Italian dish is always astounding. A […]

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John Leguizamo

Montana Chef
P.O. Box 161751
Big Sky, Montana, USA


Montana Chef