Le Grand Bistro / Spuntino
John Broening grew up in France, the Soviet Union, and Portugal, where his father was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. He graduated from Haverford College in 1987 with a degree in English Literature. He started cooking in 1988 and attended Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) in 1990. While in New York, he worked in several top restaurants including China Grill (owned by Jeffrey Chodorow of ‘The Restaurant’ fame) and Metro, with Patrick Clark. He moved to San Francisco in 1991, where he worked at Bix, Roti, Enrico’s, Hawthorne Lane, La Folie, and the Grand Café, a $6 million grossing juggernaut, where he designed the brunch, breakfast and café menus. In 1992-93, he took a break and worked in Paris as a poissonier (fish cook) under Guy Savoy at Bistrot de l’Etoile Niel and a pastry assistant at Le Grenadin. In 1999, he was recruited to Colorado to run the kitchen at Primitivo, a wine restaurant which was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant, two years in a row, by The Colorado Springs Gazette. He is also the proud winner of the DiRona Award and Wine Spectator Best Of Award. On March 11, 2008, John was honored, for the second time, to prepare a meal at the James Beard House, in New York City as part of a “Gems of Denver” dinner. He, along with his wife, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, a James Beard nominated Pastry Chef, and four other chefs, made Denver very proud! John is currently the Executive Chef of Denver’s Le Grand Bistro and Chef / Owner of Spuntino Restaurant. He has also always had a passion and skill for writing, and more and more, we are getting to experience his humor, skill and love for food and the written word. John writes a column every Wednesday in the Food section of The Denver Post and is also their Book Critic. He is also a freelance writer for such magazines as Gastronomica, and Edible Frontrange. John and Yasmin live in Denver with their four dogs.