Chef News

Leña Opens a New World of Cooking for Chef Toby Prout

Chef Toby Prout and Jimmy Callahan, co-owners of Leña on Broadway, started planning the pan-Latin American menu for their new restaurant months before they even found the location, much less started construction. The two traveled to California and sampled their way through some of the state's top Mexican, Central American and South American restaurants, many of them in the Bay Area. But in some ways, the collaboration began long before that -- eighteen years before, to be exact. "We met in Boulder in 1996," recalls Prout. "We were working at a Bennigan's. Jimmy was waiting tables and I was cooking." After that, the two both moved around the country, eventually returning to Colorado, where they reunited in order to open a place together.

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