Meet the Chef
CHEF DUY PHAM
-- Executive Chef Duy Pham
Award-winning Chef Duy Pham is the Executive Chef of Parker Garage. By crafting an intention-based menu with thoughtfully chosen local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Pham consistently maintains a passion for preparing food with the utmost integrity and inspired presentation. Pham is a culinary artist who is committed to delivering a refined dining experience. He takes an architectural approach to cuisine, incorporating design, creation and construction from ingredient selection to presentation. This approach has captured the curiosity and attained the admiration of the culinary world over the past 25 years.
Skilled in the French technique of sous-vide, Chef Pham has a long and impressive history that began at the tender age of 15 as a Prep Cook at Denver’s La Petit Gourmet Catering. Although Pham’s talent was immediately recognized, his heart was set on being an architect. It wasn’t until he trained under Certified Master Chef® and culinary Olympic gold medalist Robert Mancuso at The Normandy that Pham realized the artistic application and architectural foundation of culinary art -- a brilliant realization at the age of 18.
Following his training, Pham began working as a Line Cook at the award-winning Tante Louise, where he quickly moved up the ranks to Sous Chef and then Executive Chef. Pham’s talent and precise culinary craft continued to catch the attention of those around him, including owner Corky Douglass who sponsored Pham to study under legendary French Chef Jean-Louis Palladin.
In 2002, Pham left Tante Louise to open the acclaimed Denver-based restaurant Opal, which received numerous awards including the Westword‘s “Best New Restaurant” and "Best Gourmet Burger” (2002). After Opal, Pham served as the Executive Chef of Luna Hotel and was a consultant to both the famed Wolfgang Puck Corporation and Denver hot spot Sushi Den before becoming the Executive Chef and Owner at Restaurant Fifteen Twenty One in Pueblo, which earned the distinction of “Best Restaurant between Denver and Santa Fe” in the AAA Mobile guide.
Chef Pham resides on the 1,000-acre Lone Star Ranch in Elizabeth, CO where he nurtures the farm-to-table aspects of Parker Garage’s culinary approach. On the ranch, he hand-selects the freshest ingredients for the daily menu -- making Parker Garage one of the largest, true farm-to-table restaurants on the Front Range.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Pham enjoys raising chickens or hunting down vintage Super Mario arcade machines.
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