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."