Chef Barrie
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Montana native, Chef Barrie . . .

has more than twenty-eight years of experience in the food industry as a chef and former owner of acclaimed fine dining restaurant Sydney’s Mountain Bistro - West Yellowstone in the Big Sky Montana area. Her former restaurant has been featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine and in various write-ups in the New York Times restaurant review, Fodor’s and USA Today, just to name a few, and she has served clientele from celebrities to former presidents and their staff.

Chef Barrie is a 3rd Generation Montanan and was born and raised  in Eastern Montana on the Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Reservation, where her interests, talents, and passions developed for the culinary arts.

She continues her private chef and catering business in Western Montana (Missoula area), South Central Montana (Red Lodge/Billings area) and beyond, bringing her passion of  locally sourced and foraged, yet rustically refined foods, to her clients. 

"I love to create dishes and layer foods from locally sourced products! 

The endless creativity of working with food is my passion. It gives me great pride

and joy to see people happy when they are enjoying a great meal" Chef Barrie


She has recently added 'author' to her repertoire of skills and her best selling and award winning cookbook, "The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook - Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes", was published in 2018 and won the National Indie Excellence Award for Best Regional Cookbook in 2020 . The book is a compilation of Montana history  and personal stories with Chef Barrie's favorite childhood recipes, recipes from friends and family, and recipes created throughout her career. The cookbook is available nationwide through Amazon, Barns and Noble, Books-A-Million, Costco, Yellowstone National Park Stores, and in various Local Bookstores throughout MT/ID/WY or on our online store


Chef Barrie splits her time between Red Lodge and Missoula, MT. She has an all natural salad dressing company, Sydney's Bistro Dressings, which is packaged and produced locally in Montana. Barrie is also a New York Journal of Books Review Panelist reviewing cookbooks. 



Chef Barrie Boulds has utilized ingredients raised, harvested, grown, picked, hunted, and fished throughout the hundreds of years in Montana and she has prepared ingredients in ways that combine traditional and contemporary cooking techniques. Chef Boulds' inspirations come from techniques used around the world, including those from France, Asia, Italy, Spain, and Native American traditions. From these inspirations, she creates recipes for you to enjoy throughout the seasons. Following these recipes, you can bring out the true flavors of Montana history and the quality of local ingredients."

Executive Chef Eric Trager, excerpt from forward "The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook - Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes."