Row 14 has hired a new chef to take over the stoves from Jensen Cummings. Chef Tim Payne, formerly of Terroir in Longmont, a restaurant that he owned and closed at the end of August, has come on board to take over the kitchen at the downtown spot. Earlier this month, Jensen Cummings, who ran the that kitchen since July 2011, announced through Cafe Society that he is departing Row 14 to pursue other projects.
Chef Payne will be the third executive chef running this kitchen, which is, a restaurant less than two years old. David Schneider, the owner of Row 14, is very pleased with bringing Payne to his team and believes that the collaboration will be long-lasting and mutually beneficial. "Tim has the right sensibility for us," Schneider said. "He owned his own restaurant for five years and understands this business from more than one side" Schneider added.
Will there be menu changes? Certainly. Payne will have the latitude to put his own print on the menu within the bounds set by Schneider and the overall mission of the restaurant. Schneider anticipates seeing a return to a more American-bistro style of food that pairs well with the restaurant's strong wine program. In his kitchen at Terroir, Payne cooked modern American food with Mediterranean influences and was always committed to using high quality ingredients from local sources. Chef Payne will start cooking at Row 14 on Monday.
Chef Tim Payne [Photo: MileHighEater]