Chef de Cuisine, Uchi Denver
Lucas Chandler credits his high school culinary teacher, passion for mountain bike racing, and experientmental quest to create healthy body fuel, for his love of food. While he received formal culinary training at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, his hands-on learning started when he became a personal chef to professional athletes upon graduating from culinary school. He then gravitated to the restaurant scene and gained over 20 years in French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine experience, serving as an integral leader of numerous teams and elevating Denver’s culinary scene. Chandler rose through the ranks at long-standing Italian eatery Il Posto to become executive chef. He later joined prestigious restaurants including Coohills and Izakaya Den before joining Uchi Denver. His relaxed approach and attention to detail are key to the success of his team. He says his favorite part of his job these days is mentoring younger chefs and seeing their ideas come to life in various Uchi dishes.