Jennifer Jasinski is a culinary superstar. A protege of Wolfgang
Puck, she has racked up so many accolades and awards that it's hard
to count, and she has been recognized as an outstanding business
woman in Denver. Her three restaurants with co-owner Beth Gruitch,
and Euclid Hall
, display her dedication to the craft and
her popularity in the Mile High City.
Jasinski got her start at a young age by cooking for her family and
participating in a occupational high school program for aspiring
chefs. She had a formal culinary education at Santa Barbara City
College in California and the Culinary Institute of America.
Working in the famed Rainbow Room honed her talents and got her a
chance meeting with Puck.
Jaskinski returned to California where she met up with Puck once
again and developed a work relationship that took her on a grand
culinary tour. She developed and opened restaurants, created menus,
managed staffs and and even wore the chef's hat. Her credits with
Puck include executive sous chef at Granita in Malibu, Calif.,
executive sous chef at Spago Chicago and corporate chef at Wolfgang
Puck Food Company.
Making her way to Denver in 2000, Jasinski was the executive chef
at Panzano. In 2003, she left her position to open her own
restaurant. A year later, with Gruitch, Jasinski opened Rioja, a
fresh approach to Mediterranean cuisine, in Larimer Square. By
2004, she was named the best Colorado Chef and in 2005 she appeared
on Food Network's Thanksgiving Challenge. In 2006, the duo bought
Bistro Vendome, a classic French bistro, and opened Euclid Hall in
2010, an inspired German beer hall. The latter was named one of
5280 Magazine's best new restaurants of 2010.
Jasinski has several awards to her name, including Best Chef of the
Year, Best New Chef and Rising Star in Restaurant Hospitality,
Nation's Restaurant News, The Denver Post
Magazine. She was the Jean Yancey award winner in the National
Association of Women Business Owners Outstanding Women in Business
awards presented by the Denver Business Journal in 2007. In 2010,
she was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation best
Even with all the awards and accolades, she still finds so much
pleasure simply making a difference through her job.
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