Denver and Boulder’s 10 Sweetest Culinary Power Couples (Zagat)



Denver and Boulder’s 10 Sweetest Culinary Power Couples

By Lori Midson
February 4, 2015

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest and most stressful days of the year for restaurant folks all across the country, but for some lucky chefs and restaurateurs, getting through the chaos is that much easier when you’re working alongside the love of your life. Today we’re celebrating our favorite Denver and Boulder culinary couples, revealing everything from how these power duos first met, their favorite dates spots and more. Click through the slide show below to feel the love.

Troy and Nikki Guard: TAG, Bubu, Tag Burger Bar, Guard and Grace, Sunnyside Burger Bar,Sugarmill and Los Chingones

Relationship status: Married, together for almost four years total.

First encounter: They met at TAG. Nikki was interviewing for a job at Rioja and TAG at the same time, and TAG, says Troy, offered her a little more money and a better schedule.

Five words to describe your relationship: Fun, healthy, loving, supportive and exciting.

Ups and downs of working in the same profession: “Not everyone can handle it, but we both love working together, pushing each other to stay on task, holding each other accountable, and we enjoy bouncing great thoughts and ideas off of each other. After all, two sets of eyes are always better than one,” says Troy, who describes their relationship as “amazing.”

Favorite date spots: Troy and Nikki hit up Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria on date night, as well as Sushi Den and Hillstone. “We love hanging at Marco’s with owners Mark and Kristy Dym, the food is always exceptional, and it just has a great vibe with cool staff members,” says Troy. And like most chefs who frequent Sushi Den, Troy notes that you “can’t go wrong sitting at the chef’s counter and letting the guys do their magic.” They enjoy Hillstone in Cherry Creek North for its dim lighting and ability to sneak in unnoticed.

On the horizon: Troy is opening a second Bubu in Lowry on February 10, and another Los Chingones in the Denver Tech Center area in June. And there’s definitely more on the horizon,” he says. “I love creating and giving our staff/managers an opportunity to keep growing with us. Here’s to a kick-ass 2015.”