Word of Mouth

CY Steak and baRed looking for a chef de cuisine after Doug Mace exits

Doug Mace has gotten out of the kitchen at CY Steak, the steakhouse next to the Diamond Cabaret that Cliff Young opened five years ago. CY shares a kitchen with baRed, the bar/lounge/restaurant around the corner at 437 West Colfax that Young and his son, Zach, opened in December, and that means the father-and-son partners are now looking for a new hand for both. But since CY had kept chef Clem McHale -- "a real old-school beef guy," says Zach -- when Mace came on, "instead of hiring an executive chef, we're hiring a chef de cuisine," explains Cliff. "We're looking at a number of people."

See also: Chef and Tell with Doug Mace

Twenty-four-year-old Mace, whom Cliff Young calls "a really talented young chef," has an associate's degree from the Culinary Institute of America; he did an externship at Morimoto in New York City, where he was eventually hired as a line cook, then moved to Denver to ski and snowboard and get his bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales. His first job in the Mile High City was at Epicurean Catering; he also spent time behind the line at Ocean Prime and Linger, which is where he was cooking when the Youngs hired him for CY Steak and the then-still-in-the-works BaRed, which was originally envisioned as a daytime coffeehouse and grab-and-go spot that would morph into a bar/lounge at night.

While they look for a chef, Cliff and Zach Young are making some changes at baRed, too. "We tried to be a bar with good food," Cliff says. But more and more, he notes, people are coming to the spot looking for a restaurant, or stopping by after work for a drink and then staying for dinner -- and they're planning accordingly.

And now they can get music with their meal: baRed has added blues to the lineup on weekends.

And for more music to our ears: Don't miss Dave Query's description of Cliff Young in his recent Eater love letter: "Cliff's style and dedication to creating memorable experiences was one part Mr. French from Family Affair, and one part crazed MMA cage fighter complete with dojo skills to back it up."