SKADI Chef & Proprietor

Ian Algerøen

 

Originally from Ventura, California, Chef Ian Algerøen opened Restaurant Skadi December 21, 1995 in Mammoth Lakes, California. Prior to opening his own restaurant Algerøen studied culinary arts and learned from notable chefs in a variety of fine dining restaurants. 

 

Most notably, Algerøen worked as a pastry cook at the Lipizzaner, a fine French-Viennese restaurant in San Francisco; Chef Tournant during the game season at the Hotel Biberenbad, in Switzerland; and Chef De Cuisine of the Blue Fox, a fine Northern Italian restaurant in San Francisco. 

 

The ambiance and cuisine at Restaurant Skadi is a reflection of Algerøen’s Norwegian heritage and his time working in the Swiss Alps. With classic French cooking techniques and a wine list that is carefully crafted to pair with the food, Skadi is recognized as a paradigm for upscale dining in Mammoth Lakes.

Restaurant

 

Named for the Norse goddess of hunting and skiing, Restaurant Skadi opened on the winter solstice of 1995. The restaurant moved to its new location in the summer of 2015. Now located in an industrial strip on Berner Street, walking in to Skadi feels like discovering a culinary gem. 

 

The ten-table restaurant is intimate and inviting. Hand-carved Norse dragons adorn the ceiling beams. Art and photography from Northern Europe and the Eastern Sierra hang on the walls. Scandinavian light fixtures cast a warm glow over the open-kitchen.

Chef Ian Algerøen’s menu is carefully crafted to reflect his Norwegian heritage and his time working in the Swiss Alps. Featured menu items include a house-cured Gravlax, house-smoked trout, Canadian duck breast with spatzli and lingnonberries, and crispy skin salmon. The staff at Skadi is as passionate about food and wine as the great outdoors.

Dining With Us

 

SKADI is an intimate dining experience. We have just ten tables and a four-seat chef’s counter. Please expect dinner to last up to two hours. We ask for you to be prompt for your reservation, but please do not arrive early, as there is no waiting area or bar. We will make our best effort to have your table available at the time of the reservation. If you are later than fifteen minutes we may not be able to honor your reservation. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion as we look forward to highlighting your event.

 

Corkage

 

No outside wine is permitted at the moment under Mono County Covid 19 restrictions. We have a wine list we are very proud of and assure you will be able to find a delicious wine. 

 

Children

 

We have a very small restaurant designed for us to bring to you the highest level of cuisine that we can offer. We hope you will find a beautiful dining room that will allow you to find relaxation and enjoyment as well as escape the hectic pace of the day. The intimate setting of our restaurant is not suitable for small children. We do not offer a children’s menu, booster seats, high chairs, or have room for strollers. 

 

Large Parties

 

The restaurant is very small and can only accommodate groups of six to eight people. Unfortunately, we are unable to split larger groups into multiple tables. With advanced notice, we are happy to accommodate groups for private parties up to 48 people. Please email info.skadi@gmail.com to inquire.

Private Dining

 

SKADI is available for private parties of up to 48 people. We are happy to assist you in planning your event. Please email info.skadi@gmail.com to inquire about private dining.

Careers

We are a small team of hard-working and passionate restaurant professionals. Through the theater of dining, we desire to educate our guests about food and wine and provide an exceptional experience. We love Mammoth Lakes and enjoy the great outdoors each day before coming to work. Our small team operates like a family and enjoys welcoming our guests to the restaurant with pride. 

 

Professional Development

 

Whether you are interested in a kitchen or front of the house position, we strive to teach and learn every day on the job at Skadi. We take pride in understanding classic cooking techniques, knowing where ingredients are grown, and appreciating the great wine regions around the world.  

 

Chef Ian Algeroen has teaching experience from his position as the Executive Sous Chef at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and continues to teach staff on a daily and ongoing basis. A position at Skadi is as much a learning experience as it is a job. 

 

Hiring at Skadi 

 

Restaurant Skadi seeks to hire like-minded culinary professionals with the desire and aptitude to learn. We are looking for motivated and talented people who will fit in to our mountain town culture while displaying discipline and positivity. Tusen takk.