The Inspiration behind Le Grand


Robert Thompson
Owner/Visionary


John Broening
Executive Chef/Colorado Culinary Director



John's Culinary Acclaim


Acclaimed Owner/Operator & Chef, John Broening has taken the dining scene in Denver by storm. Broening made his mark with such successes as Brasserie Rouge ('Best New Restaurant' Westword Magazine, 'Best French Restaurant' Denver Post, 'Chef of the Year' Colorado Avid Golfer, 'Nation's Best New Restaurants' Gourmet Magazine), Duo Restaurant ('Denver's Best New Restaurants' 5280 Magazine, 'Top 10 Chefs' Denver Post), Olivea Restaurant (Denver's Best New Restaurants' 5280 Magazine, 'Best New Restaurants' Denver Post, 'Best Chef' nominee Denver Magazine), and Spuntino Restaurant ('Best New Restaurant' 5280 Magazine). John is also a two-time guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City.

'For a craftsman chef, influences are like tools. They are neither good nor bad, except in their use, their application. Broening has some of the best in town'

-Westword Magazine

Global Learning; Global Inspiration

With roots in France, the Soviet Union and Portugal, John started cooking in 1988, attending the Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education). John then went on to work in several top New York restaurants including China Grill (owned by Jeffrey Chodorow of the restaurant Fame) and Metro with Patrick Clark, and San Francisco favorites; Bix, Roti, Enrico's, Hawthorne Lane, La Folie and the Grand Cafe. John's next venture was in France, under Guy Savoy at Bistrot de l'Etoile Niel, and as a pastry chef at Le Grenadin. He made his debut back in the states at the 'Best Fine Dining Restaurant' Colorado Springs Gazette, Primitivo, and is proud to have achieved the renowned 'DiRona' award, and 'Best Of' award Wine Spectator.