Chef Paul Nagan is the executive chef of range restaurant in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with honors in a culinary course at Johnson & Wales University. Nagan also has a Bachelors Degree in Economics & Business from Iowa’s Cornell College. His most notable accolades include winning the 2015 Chef & Brew Festival Best Pairing Award, as well as top finishes at the Colorado Taste of Excellence Competition and the National Taste of Elegance Competition of San Diego. FriendsEAT was able to get an interview with Chef Paul to learn more about their food, concept, and business philosophy at the restaurant.
FriendsEAT: Tell us a little something about your restaurant.
Chef Paul Nagan: range offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service amid a modern atmosphere in the historic Colorado National Bank building. Executive Chef Paul Nagan strives to celebrate the cultural heritage and adventurous spirit of the West by offering local, seasonal dishes prepared with sophistication and inspiration.
FE: Are there any Awards you have received? Any you’re particularly proud of?
Chef Paul: “Chef of the Year for the Americas,” Renaissance Hotels, 2016; Finalist for “Sunset Magazine Travel Awards,” 2016; “Judges’ Choice Best Pairing,” Chef & Brew Festival, 2015; “Best Business Lunch,” ColoradoBiz Magazine, 2015; “Denver’s Sexiest Restaurant Awards,” Zagat, 2015; Finalist for “Best Denver Chef,” Westword’s Best Of Awards, 2015; “Best New Restaurants,” Thrillist, 2014; “10Best Awards,” USA Today, 2014.
FE: What is your restaurant philosophy? Is there something that everyone strives for with each action taken at your restaurant?
Chef Paul: Me and my team at range offer unique and fresh cuisine that draws its roots from the concept of New American, but focuses heavily on the ingredients, cultural influences and cooking techniques inherent to the Rocky Mountain West.
FE: What is your most popular dish?
Chef Paul: The Artichoke and Burrata toasts feature marinated tomatoes, black olive vinaigrette and pea shoots, toasted to perfection in our wood-fired oven.
FE: Do you offer any deals such as happy hour specials, brunches, etc?
Chef Paul: Monday through Friday, from 4 – 7 p.m., enjoy local cans, drafts and handcrafted cocktails while you snack on small bites and shareables.
range is located at 918 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Nearby Landmarks: Magnolia Hotel Denver, 16th Street Mall, and Courtyard Dever Downtown
Phone Number: (720) 726-4800
Hours of Operation:
- Mon – Fri 06:30AM – 10:00 PM
- Sat 07:00AM – 10:00PM
- Sun 06:30AM – 09:00PM
Dining Style: Casual/Fine Dining
Cuisine Type: New American West
Dress Code: Casual
Price Range: $13 – $50
Payment Options: Cash, all major credit cards
Also check out Chef Paul Nagan’s Smoked Bison Back Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Glaze Recipe