Oskar Blues gets a new chef

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Jason Rogers has signed on as head chef of Oskar Blues, where he's overseeing a complete kitchen renovation of the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew brewpub in Lyons, and will then run the kitchen at the soon-to-open Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont. "The moment I met Jason I knew he understood the Oskar Blues vibe," says Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis. "He got it. He's got top-chef dining credentials, but enjoys eating boudin and mudbugs and drinking head-spinning beer from a can like the rest of us."

"We're going to give the food the same obsessed-with-quality attention that the brewers give to their creations," Rogers promises.

Rogers lives in Lyons and has known Katechis for some time; the fit seemed ideal, according to beerman Marty Jones, Oskar's spokesman. "Jason brings a motherlode of skill and savvy to our family," Katechis adds. "He'll dramatically improve the quality of our food and how our kitchens are run."

Rogers was most recently the executive chef at Second Home in Cherry Creek. Before that, Rogers was the culinary director at Jill's Restaurant at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder; Rich Byers, a former Jill's sous chef, now runs Oskar's kitchen in Lyons and will stay in that spot while Rogers focuses on Longmont.

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