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At TAG, Larimer Square’s distinctive dining destination, Chef/Owner Troy Guarduses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as Continental Social Food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. This philosophy influences every aspect of the TAG experience from Guard’s innovative menu to the exceptional wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

 

But what is Continental Social Food?

TAG’s unique cuisine can be described as a culinary journey — food that is unconstrained by national boundaries. Drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian upbringing and his travels in Asia and Latin America, TAG’s menu offers a harmonious marriage of local ingredients and international inspiration. From the open concept kitchen and chef’s counter seats, to the vibrant ten-seat bar, interactive dining spaces and easily shareable dishes, the TAG experience is dedicated to eating good food with good friends.

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About Troy Guard

“I LOVE FOOD. I go to bed thinking about it and I wake up thinking about it.” -…-Troy Guard

Raised in Hawaii, Seattle and San Diego, TROY GUARD spent much of his youth in either the ocean or the kitchen. Troy worked his way through college and onto the local culinary scene at San Diego’s La Costa Resort, training at all five of the resort’s prestigious restaurants. After college, he returned to his native Hawaii a path that brought him to the door of legendary fusion chef Roy Yamaguchi. Within a year, Troy was sous chef at one of Yamaguchi’s most popular restaurants, Roy’s Kahana Bar and Grill in Maui.

Troy spent eight years working closely with Yamaguchi opening outposts all over the world- in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York -before leaving to take the coveted post of Executive Chef at New York City hotspot TAO. All of this prepared him for his next calling at The Raffles Hotel in Singapore where, as Chef de Cuisine at the world-renowned Doc Cheng’s restaurant, he developed his own unique Pacific Rim style which he would bring to Denver.

Despite his international past, Troy has fully embraced life in Denver with his growing family. He is active in local philanthropic efforts and participates in a variety of local cultural events, including Chefs Up Front, Eat Denver, and Taste of the NFL. Named one of the “Great Regional Chefs of America” by the James Beard Foundation, Troy also continues to participate in events around the country annually that benefit the Beard House. Aside from work, Troy is a beach bum at heart, content to eat tacos in the sand, 80’s rock is his jam, if you can dig it be sure to let him know! Deep down he’s just another guy passionate about food, friends and good times, and it shows…

Troy is continuously growing his culinary empire in Denver, one bite at a time! In November 2013, he opened Los Chingones, his take on “badass” Mexican and SugarMill, a dessert lounge that also offers amazing breakfast/lunch/dinner options. In Spring of 2014, TAG Restaurant Group introduced their biggest venture yet- Guard and Grace- a 9000 square foot modern American steakhouse. Since then, he has opened another Los Chingones (with plans for a third in the works), a modern Asian eatery, Lucky Cat, and most recently, Mister Tuna. Mister Tuna is Chef Troy’s neighborhood sanctuary and a culinary tribute to his beloved father. With nine restaurants to date and more in the works, for Chef Troy Guard and the TAG Restaurant Group the sky is the limit!

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