Chefs at Home

Renowned, local chefs tell us about their favorite kitchen tools.

By Sharon Withers

Jennifer Jasinski Keeps It Simple at Home

Her accolades run deep: 2013 James Beard Foundation award winner; 2004 Colorado Chef of the Year; 2005 Western Regional Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation; and “Top Chef Masters” finalist. With her business partner Beth Gruitch, she heads up Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall, all practically within one block of Larimer St. At home, Jasinski’s reward is cooking with her husband, Chef Max MacKissock, in their remodeled kitchen that is not filled with fancy tools and appliances, but great knives and a big cutting board. Jennifer Jasinski shares a few of her favorite seasonal recipes.

DL home+design: What are your most important home tools?

JJ: Great knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, a stove, a dishwasher and a sink in the kitchen that was recently remodeled.

DL home+design: What would you like in your home kitchen that you don’t have?

JJ: I would get a mini deep fat fryer so I could do an occasional fritter or doughnut when entertaining at home. Since I spend so much time in the kitchen at Rioja, I prefer simple appliances and gadgets at home.

Jean-Phillipe Failyau Turns on the Power

Jean-Philippe Failyau, chef/owner of Park Burger and Homegrown Tap & Dough, shows his Belgian roots in the killer French Fries his Park Burger kitchens turn out. A founding partner of Osteria Marco, he has turned his hand to fresh, creative wood-fired pizza at his newly opened Homegrown Tap & Dough. Failyau has opened five burger restaurants plus Homegrown Tap & Dough in as many years. In 2010, Bon Appétit named Park Burger one of the Top 10 Burger Restaurants in the country. He won the Denver Burger Battle in 2010, 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Eater ranked Park Burger as one of the top 38 burger restaurants in the country.

DL home+design: What is the one appliance from your professional kitchen you must have at home?

JF: I would say the Vitamix blender is the one piece of equipment in a professional kitchen that I must have at home. It is a really powerful blender that is great for making purees, sauces, shakes and endless recipes. It’s starting to gain a lot of popularity and you now can find the blenders at Williams-Sonoma and other kitchen stores.