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    Steven Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth

    Steven Redzikowski, Oak

    Steven Redzikowski is the executive chef/partner of OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, where he oversees day-to-day operations, in addition to managing back-of-house operations and creating new menus. Redzikowski’s eclectic new-American style of cooking has been praised on both local and national levels. In 2014 and 2015, Steve was voted Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef: Southwest” and in 2015 and 2016, he was a James Beard finalist for “Best Chef: Southwest.” 

    The Long Island native moved to Manhattan after completing culinary school and worked in some of the city’s most iconic kitchens, including Le Cirque and Jean Georges, before moving to Colorado to hone his skills at The Little Nell in Aspen and the acclaimed Italian restaurant Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder. There, Redzikowski met future business partner, Bryan Dayton. 

    In March 2010, Redzikowski reconnected with Dayton to open OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder. The duo opened their second concept, Acorn, in the fall of 2013. Both have received rave reviews since, and have consistently ranked on 5280’s 25 Best Restaurants list. In 2015, Redzikowski and Dayton opened Brider, a fast-casual rotisserie concept in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver. Today, Redzikowski still remains a partner in Acorn and Brider, but his focus lies at OAK at Fourteenth.

    My Perfect Day in Boulder: 
    • Get lunch at T|aco downtown. They have some of the best tacos in town! Peter [Waters] is the owner and he really knows how to deliver great hospitality, even in such a casual setting — he makes everyone feel at home and welcome. Neighborhood wise, it’s one of my favorite spots to go — a great place to see people from the neighborhood.
    • Wander Pearl Street and check in on lunch service at my restaurant OAK at Fourteenth.
    • I've been going to Mateo a lot. It's on Pearl Street, just a couple blocks away from OAK. They do French Provençal cuisine — really simple stuff, but it's delicious. I'll usually order the mussels and frites or the roast chicken and frites, and they have great wines by the glass. It's a solid neighborhood spot in town.