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Between Jobs, a Chef Couple Cooks at Home With Family

Isabel Ranney and Jason Linam perfect their homemade pasta

Jonathan Phillips

Until a few weeks ago, chefs Isabel Ranney and Jason Linam were working side-by-side in a Denver restaurant kitchen. Ranney took over as the head chef of Bremen’s Wine & Tap in August, and she soon after brought on her husband, Linam, to be the sous chef.

The couple says they worked well together in the kitchen. She is bubbly and free-flowing; he masters process and execution. When the restaurant closed at the end of January for the owners to rethink the space and business, Ranney and Linam were just getting into the swing of things culinarily speaking. She channeled a background in herbalism to create healthful but soulful dishes from breakfast to dinner, while he perfected breads and pastas, most recently introducing a house sourdough to the menu.

Ranney recently accepted a new role as chef de cuisine at Tables restaurant in Park Hill. It was a kitchen she started working in early in her career, also run by a couple. Ranney says she likes the symmetry of coming back to a place where she started at the bottom. Linam, who also worked at Frasca Food & Wine and White Pie, is currently looking for another position.

Eater photographer Jonathan Phillips visited the couple at home with Ranney’s 8-year-old daughter Lee during a weeknight meal together. They cook at home now two or three times a week, and Lee is a “sponge,” Ranney says, learning to hand-crank her own pasta.

Isabel Ranney (right), her husband Jason Linam, and her daughter Lee Liberton start to prep for dinner. Isabel and Jason worked together at Bremen’’s Wine & Tap before its closing on Jan. 28
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Lee cranks out flattened sheets of beet pasta with the help of her mother Isabel
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Lee (left) turns the crank to shred the sheets of pasta into more manageable strips while Isabel makes sure they don’t fall onto the floor
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Jason cooks the shrimp as water for the carrots and beet pasta starts to boil in the big pot beside him
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Lee (right) peels carrots as her mother Isabel cuts them, while Jason works on cooking the Italian sausage and shrimp
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Carrots and onions are chopped for the pasta dinner
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Lee watches over the carrots as they blanch with her mother Isabel as Jason finishes off the shrimp in a cast-iron skillet
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8-year-old Lee drops carrots in to be blanched
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Jason and Lee check on the boiling pasta
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Jason makes sure everything is tossed into the pasta as Isabel cleans up a little before dinner is served
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Dinner consists of beet pasta topped with Italian sausage, shrimp, kale, blanched carrots, and a myriad of herbs and spices
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Isabel (left), her daughter Lee, and husband Jason sit down to eat dinner after cooking a meal together
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