Top Chefs Migrate to Denver's Thriving Culinary Scene

Caviar sampler at Jen Jasinski's new Denver restaurant, Stoic and Genuine | YELP, Jason G. 

Caviar sampler at Jen Jasinski's new Denver restaurant, Stoic and Genuine | YELP, Jason G. 

With the growing city population and 40 restaurants opening in one month this past summer, the Denver culinary scene is heating up.

Denver is beginning to get noticed. “Coming out of the recession, restaurant traffic has been flat across the country, but in growing cities like Austin, Nashville and Denver, food is taking off”, said Bonnie Riggs, longtime restaurant analyst.

Denver is beginning to get noticed by top chefs who are developing concepts in the city. Opening a new location of his restaurant, D Bar, Keegan Gerhard, award-winning pastry chef, is among one of the area's Top Chefs. Denver also welcomes Jen Jasinski, the James Beard-award winner and Top Chef Masters star. She newly opened the restaurant, Stoic and Genuine.

Denver is the second largest growing city in the country, right behind Austin, TX. “We really have arrived, I think, in a lot of ways as a cultural city. And we’re getting a lot of recognition throughout the United States in that way, so restaurants are certainly a part of that,” said Riggs. Read More