Executive chef and owner, Bonanno Concepts restaurants
With 26 restaurants under his belt, Frank Bonanno is a nationally recognized chef and restaurateur from Denver. He is the culinary force behind some of Denver’s finest eating and drinking establishments. Frank’s flexes his culinary chops in the award winning fare at his French gem Mizuna, the lovingly handcrafted Italian artistry of Luca, the classic casual and inviting European bistro French 75, and the distinctly Americana of Russell’s Smokehouse. His innovation is showcased in the accolades of Denver’s first noodle fusion venture,Bones, the high end cocktail joint Green Russell (three times recognized by Conde Naste as among the top ten cocktail bars in the world), and the wildly popular Larimer Square fixture Osteria Marco. Though Frank is a true restaurant guy, holding both Business and Culinary degrees, it is his role as a mentor and philanthropist that is having the greatest impact on Colorado. He is the host of the PBS series, Chef Driven, and has appeared on Bravo and The Food Network. His newest project, Denver Milk Market, opened in June of this year which makes him to be one of the very few chefs to own and operate all 16 concepts in a marketplace environment.