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The Masters Behind Our Fine Dining in Denver

Meet Our Chefs

Inventive. Innovative. Inspiring. The Brown Palace is home to some of the best chefs in the country. Learn more about the masterminds behind our fine dining in Denver by perusing our chef bios below.

Michael Wright, Executive Chef        

Michael Wright’s culinary career began at age 15, working in local restaurants of his hometown in Minnesota. Inspired from his time spent in the kitchen, Wright went on to study at Le Cordon Bleu. After graduation, Wright began as an intern at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, learning as much as he could from the hotel’s diverse culinary program and the talented chefs he spent time beside in the kitchen. Wright returned to The Brown in 2010 as the head banquet chef for the hotel. He was quickly promoted to Chef Tournant, and most recently served as the Executive Sous Chef to another fine dining outlet in the hotel, Ellyngton’s.

Taking the helm as Executive Chef of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Chef Michael Wright will be responsible for assisting with the overall culinary program throughout the hotel’s award-winning outlets, extensive catering program and in-room menus.

“I’ve learned through my years that you can learn something for yourself with every person that you meet,” said Wright. “Respect all of your ingredients and use them to the fullest.”

Michael Rodriguez, Ship Tavern Chef

Olivia Shay, Executive Pastry Chef

Joey James, Ellyngtons' Chef

Garrett Kasper, Palace Arms Chef