As the owner of nine restaurants in the Denver area — including Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Russell’s Smoke House, and Bones — Chef Frank Bonanno holds education and community at the heart of his business. Five years ago he launched the Chef Cooking Series, cooking classes in which the restaurant chefs prepare signature dishes for a small group, as another way to connect with his guests.
“It’s a fun way for us to interact with our guests and do something fun and different,” says Frank. “Our guests can come in and meet the chefs that cook their food and have a very intimate cooking setting.”
The classes are structured as fall, winter, and spring series, with about 15 classes in each. Frank hosts three or four of the classes himself, and his chefs take the lead on the rest, choosing the recipes and dishes they want to demo for each session.
The Chef Cooking Series has become an important part of the Bonanno Concepts brand and repertoire. Here, Frank explains how other restaurateurs and groups can make the most out of cooking classes.