209 S. Ridge St.
Meet Our Team
Phillips Armstrong, Owner
A graduate of Colorado State and Temple Universities, in Political Science and Special Education, Phillips Armstrong has an undeniable passion for people and how they relate.
Having worked the past decade as F&B director and general manager for a number of nationally renowned restaurants and high-end resorts, Armstrong struck out on his own in 2007 with HUSH, a roving dining concept that brought up-and-coming chefs to the forefront in exotic and unexpected locations.
Armstrong developed his keen sense of hospitality from an early age as his parent’s regularly entertained friends and family. His father cooked while his mother (Aurum Steamboat’s original interior designer) made everything look perfect.
At Aurum he strives to create a work culture that has a sense of passion, sincerity, hard work, and unyielding hospitality. He wants his guests to feel excited, sense of value & appreciation, a place where they can come several times a week and not just special occasions.
Korey Sims, Executive Chef
Korey Sims fell in love with food at a young age learning from his mother and grandmother. After a stop at Miami (OH) University to earn a business degree he moved to Colorado to turn his passion into a career. Korey then had the opportunity to work for the 5 star 5 diamond Broadmoor Hotel. There he was the chef of 4 diamond Summit restaurant and also 5 star 5 diamond Penrose Room. After this experience Korey fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling, spending a year in Europe and Southeast Asia. Upon his return he consulted at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado and ended up landing in Denver with TAG restaurant group. After three years and running multiple restaurants for the group, Korey decided that the opportunity to become part of the Breckenridge community and living in the mountains was too much to pass up. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fly fishing, and spending time with his three dogs. Korey’s greatest passion is connecting to people through the food his team shares and invoking a sense of hospitality and caring through their dining experience.
Sydney learned the fine art of entertaining from her mother and grandmother. Her fond memories of intimate family gatherings and wild surprise birthday parties have inspired her to provide her own style of genuine hospitality. After eating her way across Europe at the age of 16, and again at 20, she returned to graduate from Northern Illinois University with a Communications degree. She then followed the call to the wild west and moved to Colorado. Colorado offered her many opportunities to hone her service skills and she joined Destination Hospitality restaurant group after moving to Steamboat Springs in 2016. In 2018 she relocated to Breckenridge to open Aurum Food & Wine Breckenridge.
Courtland was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan where he graduated from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Four years at James Beard nominated Trattoria Stella sharpened his knives and his skills. He continued his quest for knowledge by travelling across the U.S to Seattle, Washington. At Portage, a small 24-seat French bistro, he exercised his creativity by creating dishes based on the morning’s run to Pike’s Place market. In 2015 he made his way to Phoenix where he met the love of his life. After marrying Ivona, they journeyed to Breckenridge Colorado to explore the Rocky Mountains and begin their life together.