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Jeff Bolton, executive chef for Second Home Kitchen and Bar and the J.W. Marriott, Cherry Creek, brings his passion for culinary excellence to the table by creating a unique restaurant, banquet, in-room dining, and overall experience in the 196-room luxury property that blends luxurious appointments with state-of-the-art amenities. Denver native Jeff Bolton is glad to be home at Second Home, creating polished comfort food that's innovative, unexpected and delicious. Bolton inherited his love of food from his Cuban grandfather, and in his own words, "I knew I wanted to be a chef at age eight." Because of his cultural upbringing, Bolton began experimenting with food from around the globe. Willing to try anything once, he bravely entered the unknown, sampling familiar dishes from every cuisine and adding his own flair. Bolton graduated from The Culinary Institute of America with an associate degree in culinary arts in 2000; he also studied with local chefs John Platt and Erik Roeder at Q’s Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. Bolton honed his culinary skills in Kentucky, where he worked with Chef Michael Paley to open Proof on Main, which was rated one of the 20 best new restaurants in the U.S. by Esquire. In New York, alongside Chef Paley, he prepared a James Beard dinner. His culinary travels have taken him across the country to restaurants in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Martha's Vineyard, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina. Each of his adventures has brought new inspiration to Chef Bolton's culinary style and he continues to draw on many different influences when designing the dishes featured at Second Home. As the executive chef for Second Home he has built relationships with local farms, dairies, and merchants bring fresh, local products to the restaurant. One such partnership, with Colorado Cuts and Theos' Swallow Fork Ranch in Meeker, resulted in Second Home's Shepherd to Chef promotion. It was the first program of its kind in a Denver restaurant.
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