OWNER & EXECUTIVE CHEF
As the Owner and Executive Chef of Old Major, Justin brings close to two decades of culinary experience to his latest eatery. He focuses on heritage-raised meats, sustainable seafood and ingredients sourced from local farms. Born and raised to an Iowan farming family, Justin’s childhood was spent gardening, hunting and fishing. These activities along with his agricultural roots begin to describe his passion for food and its’ preparation.
In 2008, Justin opened the award-winning Masterpiece Delicatessen, which remains successful to date. In 2012, Justin launched the Denver Bacon Company, a locally produced, dry-cured, peachwood smoked, thick cut and sweetened with maple sugar bacon. The bacon is proudly served and available for purchase at Masterpiece Deli and other specialty shops. It will soon be served at several restaurants throughout Colorado. Additionally, Justin is sponsored by the National Pork Board and will be representing them at Aspen Food & Wine in 2013.
Justin has received numerous culinary accolades including: 5280 magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2008, Specialty Chef of the Year 2009, 5280 magazine’s Top of the Town, Top Deli 2009, Westword’s Best of Award, Best Breakfast Sandwich 2011, Westword’s Best of Award, Best Cassoulet 2011, Westword’s Best of Award, Best Sandwich Shop 2012, one of the country’s top culinary talents in the 2013 Best Chefs America and the 2013 recpient of the “Exceptional Newcomer” Signature Dish Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association.
KATIE O'SHEA PADRÓ
CO-OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER
A former financial analyst and current co-owner of Highland Tap & Burger and Old Major, Katie O’Shea Padró has a unique business and restaurant ownership perspective. A native of Arlington, VA, Katie has spent years in the world of finance as well as teaching mathematics with a MLA in Mathematics for Secondary Education at Harvard University. At Old Major, Katie manages the financial and business undertakings as well as its community and social investments.
Chef de Cuisine
Galen Kennemer, Old Major’s Chef de Cuisine, works by Justin’s side to implement his knowledge, education and years of experience of bringing consciousness to people’s everyday food choices. Both Justin and Galen look to educate the public about stockyard meat and the animal’s journey from the farm to table.
Nadine Donovan’s passion for pastry was instilled at a very young age. Born into a long line of pastry chefs and bread bakers, Nadine has been given the ability to work with sugar as second nature. As the head pastry chef, Nadine produces amazing breads and desserts that will change seasonally to compliment Justin’s dishes and the extensive bar program. She uses great ingredients and looks to get back to classics, like pies and cakes.
Strategic Partner from Infinite Monkey Theorem
Renowned Winemaker and founder of Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem, Ben Parsons, collaborated with Justin to create Old Major’s seafood, swine and wine concept. As a strategic partner, Ben brings over a decade of wine making experience to the restaurant and produces the exclusive Old Major red and white wines from Infinite Monkey Theorem. His knowledge of wines and spirits, relationships with members in the food and wine industry as well as his community associations make him a critical member of the Old Major team.