Chef or Death #78 – Frank Bonanno

Frank Bonanno Headshot Chef Coat -Photo Credit Rachel Adams

Frank Bonanno (ever heard of him?) is the chef and proprietor of Bonanno Concepts, a Denver restaurant group that’s the umbrella to some of Denver’s most established restaurants and bars: Mizuna, Luca, Osteria Marco, French 75, Green Russell, Wednesday’s Pies, Russell’s Smokehouse, Vesper Lounge, Lou’s Food Bar, Salt & Grinder and his newest venture, Denver Milk Market–a 16-concept market and food hall. Mizuna is widely recognized among the top restaurants in the country; Green Russell has been twice recognized by Travel & Leisure as one of the top cocktail bars in the world.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and the Culinary Institute of American located in Hyde Park, NY. He has authored two cookbooks, received multiple James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist nominations, and was the host of the widely popular PBS show called Chef Driven. Thirteen of Frank’s former executive chefs have moved on to open restaurants of their own, virtually shaping the Colorado culinary landscape.

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