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2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
After years of cooking in world-renowned restaurants and studying and living in Italy, in 2008, Whitaker moved to Boulder and co-founded Id Est Hospitality Group.
In January 2010, he opened his first restaurant, Basta. Centered around wood-fired, comforting, farm-based Italian plates (basta means “enough” in Italian), the restaurant represents a passion for creating magnificent flavors from simple, local, seasonal foods. Kelly believes strongly in responsibly sourcing ingredients, and is an active member and local leader of the national organization Chefs Collaborative. He also sits on the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.
In 2014, he was named Eater Denver’s Chef of the Year for the Denver Metro Area, and received the Heart of the Collaborative award from Chefs Collaborative. He was recently named 5280’s Editor’s Choice for Best Chef in Denver, in the magazine’s annual Top of the Town Awards for the Denver Metro Area.