For as Mahaffey was moving about, winning accolades and adding restaurants to his résumé, he was also adding members to his family. By the time he and his wife, Jamie, settled in Aspen five years ago, Mahaffey had acquired not only an acclaimed cooking style, but also a family of five (born in three different states). Of the former Mahaffey says, "I guess you'd call it an innovative take on traditional American cuisine," and of the latter he declares, "I told my wife we can't move again. This family can't get any bigger."
In fact, Mahaffey is presently in the midst of negotiating for a restaurant space in downtown Aspen, one that he hopes will ensure that he need never think about leaving town. "The restaurant should open sometime early next year. It's not yet certain," he says.