Round two with Beau Green, exec chef of the Denver Zoo

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Lori Midson

Beau Green
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
www.denverzoo.org

Read part one of my interview with Beau Green, exec chef of the Denver Zoo.

Most memorable meal you've ever had: Chef Travis Kight -- our corporate chef here at the zoo -- always takes me out to the best/coolest places to eat. During my transition to Denver, we were going out to eat after a long day and he suggested pizza, which, I have to admit, disappointed me, because I was hoping for another great food moment and didn't think that pizza would be the great food moment I was searching for. But Travis remains undefeated in this arena. He took us to Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, where we had an amazing experience. Marco gave us the royal treatment and even gave us a tour of his place. It definitely got me excited to come to Denver. The food was awesome, and the overall experience was even better.

Favorite restaurant in America: I'm a homeboy, meaning I like to stay close to home. I've never been big on traveling, but if I had time to travel, it probably wouldn't be to a place that had any restaurants. I guess maybe the best place to eat in America for me would be around a campfire somewhere in the mountains that's very close to a river or lake that only seats two to four people and never turns any tables. The service is great because there isn't any, and the chef is, well, me.

Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: So far it's Sushi Den, hands down. It's a great place all the way around. I've been there several times since moving to Denver, and I've had a great experience each time I've eaten there, especially the last time, when I was with friends and it turned into a night filled with laughs, great food and sake. We ordered quite a few things off the menu, and it was all amazing; the service was on point, as well.

Favorite cheap eat in Denver: Walton's Donuts on Leetsdale. Those are some bad-ass doughnuts. I stopped by there a couple of mornings ago -- it was my first time -- and ordered several dozen doughnuts for the team, and the consensus was the same from everyone: These doughnuts are the best ever. It was a great start to what turned out to be a very busy day.

Best thing about cooking in Denver: The unique environment that I work in every day is amazing. I'm surrounded by passionate people, I have the opportunity to create amazing food, the ability to provide a great learning experience to some really cool up-and-coming culinarians, and I have a chance to showcase a great dining experience to people who aren't necessarily expecting or looking for it. Denver also has a pretty happening food scene, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

Biggest compliment you're ever received: "Your hair smells wonderful." Some weird dude on Colfax said that to me.


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