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DIEGO COCONATI

CHEF / OWNER

 

It was the love of bringing family and friends together around a home cooked meal that led Diego Coconati to co-found CREATE.

He fell in love with cooking as a young boy, watching his grandmother make ricotta gnocchi from scratch. Diego had a diverse childhood, filled with interesting cuisines, growing up in Argentina, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

His love for food was reaffirmed when he decided to pursue a career as a chef, attending the prestigious Johnson & Wales University, in Miami, Florida.

Diego’s style calls on his experience with tropical and Caribbean foods, with a healthy dose of Italian style. When he’s not in the kitchen, Diego enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, and the occasional pisco sour.

ERASMO (RAS) CASIANO

CHEF / OWNER

 

In Ras’ family, everyone cooks, and his hospitality education started at an early age. His father, Jose Manuel, armed with impeccable fire-starting skills, would man the grill, and his mother, Santa, would prepare intricate sides and traditional salsas. Weekends at home came with an open door policy, encouraging spontaneous neighborhood dinner parties. Their house was constantly filled with family, friends, food, and music.

In 2005, Ras left Texas to study Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. After spending a year in New England, Ras transferred to the Denver campus to finish his degree. After college Ras refined his style in fine dining restaurants around the city.

CREATE is the next step in Ras’ quest to bring people together with loved ones, and empower them to get in touch with their food. With CREATE, Ras hopes that he can share the hospitality he learned at an early age with the community he has grown to love in Colorado. 

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Chef AJ Winn-McClain

CHEF

AJ is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management and Culinary Arts. AJ strives to slow people down so they can enjoy the splendor of what is around them. He has dedicated himself to artisinal food and superior hospitality and would like to use his training and years of experience not only to entertain guests, but to improve the food and beverage industry as a whole.  
During the pandemic Chef AJ is always working on his bread game and is a self-proclaimed nerd for all things dogs and comic books.
Come meet the chef next time you come in and check out this man's SWAG! 
Michelle Nguyen

MICHELLE NGUYEN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Michelle is first- generation Vietnamese- American and grew up in Texas. She received a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2017. She loves creating intimate and engaging spaces that build relationships and community.
When Michelle is not at Create, she can be found adventuring in the mountains.

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