TROY GUARD : CHEF/OWNER
TROY GUARD’s career began in college at the famed La Costa Resort in San Diego. At the age of 21, Guard began his tutelage under fusion legend Roy Yamaguchi in Hawaii. During their eight-year journey together, Chef Guard developed a distinct multi-cultural style that would lead him to executive chef positions all over the world; from acclaimed New York hotspot Tao and Doc Cheng’s in Singapore to Richard Sandoval’s award-winning Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, Zengo, and Denver’s comfort food concept, nine75.
In May of 2009, after two years of development, Chef Guard opened TAG on Larimer Square in the bustling LoDo District of downtown Denver. A culmination of a life-long dream, TAG espouses Guard’s unique vision of Continental Social Food, a combination of his Hawaiian roots, his Pan-Asian expertise and fresh, local Colorado ingredients. “To me, America is so diverse and our lives have become built around where we eat and who we are eating with,” explains Guard of the restaurant’s concept. “I want TAG to be a place where people can come to eat, to have fun, to share and learn.”In 2011, Guard and his team expanded their culinary reach with two new restaurants; TAG | RAW BAR, a concept the chef describes as the manipulation of seasonal ingredients from their rawest form and TAG BURGER BAR, a neighborhood restaurant located in Congress Park.
Guard’s take on Mexican food becomes a reality on November 29 when LOS CHINGONES opens at Broadway and Larimer. The newly built space will feature a 90- seat rooftop bar and open main floor dining room, serving bold, flavorful, Guard-style twists on shareable Mexican favorites. Los Chingones will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.
Looking for something a little sweeter? It is right next door. SUGARMILL is being opened by current TAG pastry chef, Noah French, along with Guard. The 25-seat dessert lounge with chef’s counter will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving savory dishes and specializing in desserts, pastries and sweets including the famous chocolate sphere dessert filled with cake, nuts and vanilla cream served topped with hot caramel, custom cakes and a variety of new confections.