A native of Denver, Sheila was first introduced to food and cooking by her father, an avid food lover and cook. While at Florida International University playing soccer and studying biology, she indulged in her culinary cravings and explored the wonderful and varied south Florida cuisines.
Imparted with the respect and passion for food instilled in her by her father, Sheila chose to continue her education, and graduated from the Colorado Art Institute with a degree in the culinary arts. Starting out in delis and bakeries prior to and during school, Sheila discovered her love of energy and the enthusiasm kitchens can have. While completing her culinary education she worked as a line cook at several Denver restaurants. Sheila was part of the opening crew at Jax Fish House, Denver. She was under the guidance of select few that has helped put Denver on the national culinary map. The creative challenges brought to her as she was promoted to Sous Chef under the guidance of Dave Query and Jamey Fader.
Sheila became Chef in the summer of 2002, where she immediately made her mark by receiving the accolades of best seafood by 5280 magazine, Westword Magazine, City Search, Rocky Mountain News. Sheila has donated her time and talent to the Great Chefs of the West Liver Foundation, The Kidney Foundation, the Chefs up Front (S.O.S.), the Do at the Zoo, and Project Angel Heart to name a few. In 2009 Sheila became the Executive Chef of Jax Fish House Boulder and Denver.
Eric Lee grew up traveling the world! Never in one spot for too long, it is hard for Eric to say that anywhere is home. Through his travels Eric realized that his best memories always involved food. The kitchen and the table were the spot that family and friends gathered to break bread and enjoy each others company. He began his career at the young age of 14 at the Gateway Café in Lyons Colorado. His next stop was in England at the Old Bell Hotel. The only Yankee in an old-school French classic kitchen full of Brits…it was quite the experience! Most recently and notably Eric was the chef at the Kitchen Denver. Upon leaving The Kitchen, Eric knew that he wanted to be part of a property that would challenge him as well as produce the quality he had become accustomed to. Which led him to the Big Red F family and the Jax Denver kitchen.
Taking over the helm at Jax Denver, Eric is excited to broaden his base of knowledge, while simultaneously contributing to the business. He is proud to call Jax Denver his new home! During Eric’s free time he enjoys riding his bike, watching movies, playing video games, and above all hanging out with his little girl, Charlotte; “she’s the best thing I have ever done.”
Kelli and seafood go together like milk and cookies…they belong together.
Kelli grew up in two places, off the Jersey Shore and in her Grandparent’s luncheonette. From a young age she knew she loved two things, seafood and restaurants. This passion led her to Austin Texas where she found herself working for Gumbo’s Louisiana Style Café, and then strangely to Denver Colorado where she landed comfortably at Jax Fish House Denver. I mean where else is she going to find the sea in Colorado! Now in a city she has learned to love, while still being able to enjoy some of the best seafood, Kelli has found her home.
When not working, you might find Kelli spending time with her six year old son, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends or cooking at home with a bottle of wine and great music.