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."
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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.