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Meet our Executive Chef Alex Tafoya

Meet our Executive Chef Alex Tafoya

This past week we sat down with our Executive Chef, Alex Tafoya and got to know a bit about him and his culinary inspirations.  Here is what we learned!

Q: Tell us about yourself:

A: I was born and raised in Colorado Springs Colorado, and moved to Denver Colorado in 1997 with my Mom and Sister. I was raised by my wonderful mother who had a tough time raising two kids as a single parent but did a fantastic job in the end

Q: What is your earliest food memory?

A: My earliest food memory was when is was around five. I loved being in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother. My grandma would teach me how to cook beans and enchiladas and I loved it, and my mom would teach me how to make her famous beef stroganoff that I still make to this day at home

Q: How did you become a chef and get into the restuarant industry?

A: I got into the restaurant industry when I was 17 years old at a seafood restaurant downtown called Del Mar Crab House. I started as a food runner part time while I went to school at ACC. I enjoyed watching the chef’s so much I asked for a chance to step into the kitchen. When I did I loved the fast paced environment so much that I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and enrolled into culinary school as soon as I turned 18.

Q: What was your first job as a chef?

A: My first chef job was at age 19 for a company called Buff Brothers at a restaurant called Dirk’s right after culinary school. It was there that I developed my skills as a chef and leader in not only the back of the house but the front of house as well.

Q: How long have you been with The Original Pancake House in Denver?

A: I have been at the Original Pancake House now for 2 years after a brief leave were I worked at the Original Pancake House for 3 years as a server, cook, busser and host.

Q: What is your favorite dish to make at OPH?

A: My Favorite dish to make at the Original Pancake House would have to be the Dutch baby and the Apple Pancake because that was a dish my mother used to make us as kids. Don’t tell my mom that ours are better.

Q: What do you cook for yourself when you are home?

A: When I am at home I love to cook beef wellington,  beef Stroganoff and if it can go on a grill chances are I will love to cook it as well.

Q: If you could have breakfast with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you have?

A: If I could have breakfast with anyone living or dead I would probably have to choose my Dad. He Passed away when I was 18  from cancer and never had the chance to see all of my accomplishments that I am very proud of. The meal of choice would have to be a Dutch Baby with a side of our thick cut bacon and a tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.

 

Thank you so much for sharing a bit about yourself Alex!  Next time you are out for breakfast in Denver, be sure to wave and say hello to Alex!

Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

It’s that time of year!  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has us bundled up and running around town finding little things to bring joy to our family and friends.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas!  For the forgetful spouse – Trying to get to… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Tradition…is delicious!

Thanksgiving Tradition…is delicious!

Funny how perfectly our saying “Tradition is Delicious” fits the Thanksgiving holiday. Whenever we gather around the table with our loved ones, it’s hard not to include tradition.  And in the case of Thanksgiving, most traditions are delicious! We’ve collected a few interesting turkey day traditions from across the United States; read on to find… Continue Reading

All About Pumpkins!

All About Pumpkins!

Halloween is just around the corner and pumpkins abound on almost every front porch in our Denver neighborhood. With this healthy gourd on our mind, we came up with a few ways to incorporate pumpkin into your breakfast recipe repertoire. Read on to learn how you can make pumpkins part of a perfect fall morning.… Continue Reading

Original Pancake House Denver’s Kids Recipe Challenge Winner!

Original Pancake House Denver’s Kids Recipe Challenge Winner!

This past August, The Original Pancake House Denver hosted the Kids Pancake Recipe Challenge.  Open to all young pancake fans, the contest challenged youngsters to create the wackiest, most creative pancake recipes to share with the Original Pancake House Denver community.  All recipes were put up for popular vote on our Facebook page and the… Continue Reading

Celebrate Fall with APPLES!

Celebrate Fall with APPLES!

Tis the season for apples!  One of our favorite fruits at The Original Pancake House Denver, apples are harvested every year from late August through early October.  We love apples so much we feature them in several of our breakfast dishes – the Apple Belgian Waffle, our Potato Pancakes with sour cream and cinnamon apple… Continue Reading

The perfect omelette.

The perfect omelette.

At The Original Pancake Denver, we take breakfast very seriously.  One of our favorite breakfast menu items is the omelette.  Light and fluffy, filled with a favorite topping, omelettes are always a crowd pleaser!  There are many methods to omelette making, and most home chefs have a favorite technique.  Here are a few tips for… Continue Reading

Golfing for Firefighters

On June 23 and 24, The Original Pancake House Denver helped sponsor the annual South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation Gala and Memorial Golf Tournament. One of the largest charity events in the state of Colorado, the tournament raises funds to support professional firefighters and their families who face financial hardships as a result of off-duty… Continue Reading

Summer Favorites

Temperatures are rising, the flowers are in bloom, and flip flops abound – summer is here!  At The Original Pancake House Denver we like to enjoy the season with a few breakfast items that celebrate summer from beloved vacation destinations.  So though you may be dining on breakfast in Denver, your taste buds will be… Continue Reading

 

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