If you’re a foodie traveler like us, you’ll want to splurge on craft food and drinks as your city souvenirs.
We choose the finest restaurants for our food tours so you get to sample specialty items and enjoy unique atmospheres you can only find in Colorado Springs. Most of our restaurant stops are run by specialty chefs and those who pride themselves on creative menu options and signature dishes.
These five chefs are not only top-ranked in the city, but they are also nationally renown for their culinary skill. Their restaurants give customers a chance to see what it’s like to dine from a world-class chef’s restaurant yet have American classics that suit any palate. Get excited to learn more about these chefs and their staff; you may even meet one on your next Rocky Mountain Food Tour!
Chef Brother Luck, owner of Four by Brother Luck, is the top-rated chef in Colorado Springs. His numerous accolades and T.V. appearances bring thousands of visitors year-round. Brother Luck opened Four by Brother Luck in spring of 2017 and has received great praise for his menu variety and stellar food.
Brother Luck gained much of his fame through competitive cooking on the Bravo show Top Chef. He competed in several rounds in Season 15 and was well-regarded by his fellow competitors and judges. Brother Luck also competed and won in competition on Beat Bobby Flay, and he appeared on Chopped. Colorado Springs Independent named Brother Luck the “Best Local Chef” in 2015.
Chef Luck cooks from the heart and believes that food saved his life. His former restaurant, Brother Luck Street Eats, featured “Urban Cuisine,” like ramen, pop rocks, and popcorn, in an unconventional way. His signature dish, jalapeño poppers, which is tempura battered and fried with cilantro and pickled onions, is served on our Pikes Peak Progressive Dinner.
Mark Henry is another Springs-native who launched his culinary career on television. He was chosen for the debut episode of Cooks vs. Cons (which he won!) and then was asked to appear on the Food Network’s Chopped (which he also won!). He later opened his restaurant in Downtown Colorado Springs in 2017, Rooster’s House of Ramen (a featured destination on our Original Colorado Springs Food Tour!).
Henry started cooking at Flying Horse, then The Blue Star, and the Meat Locker in Colorado Springs. Once establishing a solid reputation in the Springs area, he was invited to be the executive chef at Brother Luck’s Street Eats, just as Luck was preparing to join Top Chef.
Today, Chef Henry is busy with his own kitchen serving Japanese food in a contemporary space filled with modern art. Bao buns and noodle bowls never tasted so good!
Beau Green didn’t plan on becoming a chef. Perhaps it could be said that the profession found him. Today he makes his culinary home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Not only is our local zoo world renown, but the restaurant is also regarded as one of the highest quality eateries in Colorado Springs.
Aside from his involvement with the zoo, Green made his mark winning Best Entreé and Best of Show at the Colorado Springs Chorale’s Chefs’ Gala. He presented a “Wild Boar tenderloin and Fig-Bacon Ragu with Garlic-Parsnip Purée and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts,” a meal that represents the quality and craftsmanship he brings to the table everywhere he goes. But Chef Green didn’t start his career this way. In fact, it took a major shift in his life’s focus to bring him to the culinary trade.
After troubled teenage years and a run-in with the law, Chef Green found a restaurant job. He connected to the hard work and craftsmanship that went into the culinary trade.
Supansa Banker is an award-winning chef and Colorado-favorite with a wealth of experience in Colorado Springs. She started her career here as executive chef of the now defunct 2South Food and Wine Bar. There, she headed up their monthly Sunday Supper Club where she has full creative reign on mystery multi-course menu including wine pairings. Banker has since moved to the Wobbly Olive to create a more innovative menu for their second location.
Before her collaboration with the Wobbly Olive, Banker was distinguished in competition at the Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo. She won three different categories, including best entree in the chef-media cook-off. This publicity brought her to the business partners at the Wobbly Olive. They asked her to become the executive chef for all of their restaurants and catering involved with PSI Hospitality, the holding company of Wobbly Olive and other eateries in Colorado Springs.
Tyler Peoples’ culinary career has taken many turns in his 10+ years as a chef. He has been an executive chef, culinary inventive, and leader in charity for the Colorado Springs area. Chef Peoples’ career inspires other chefs to give back, take risks, and do more with their careers than taking the traditional path.
Chef Peoples’ first job as a chef was at the Briarhurst Manor. He was then brought to The Warehouse to be their executive chef. He was named Best Chef in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Restaurant Association’s Best Chef. However, these accolades and positions were only the start of his career.
Peoples first gained notoriety when he appeared on the entrepreneurial showcase Shark Tank. He pitched his product “The Scooping Bowl,” a mixing bowl with a built in spatula and separator for serving. His idea was accepted by Lori Greiner, which has since taken off as an internet sensation.
But, Peoples’ career didn’t stop after Shark Tank. He currently works as the Catering Manager for the Springs Rescue Mission. Peoples wanted to take his work to the people who needed him the most.
To learn more about Colorado Springs’ top chefs and eateries, take a tour with us! We’d love to take you to some of these restaurants and others who showcase top talent in the culinary arts. Check our calendar to see upcoming tours!
Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team