“I chose to get involved with the Blended Burger Project™ because I support its mission to bring guests better and healthier burgers by blending meat with mushrooms. Mushrooms are such a versatile ingredient and can go a long way in terms of adding flavor and texture. I’m excited to show our guests just how delicious blended burgers can be!” — Chef Troy Guard, TAG Burger Bar and TAG Burger Bar Highlands Denver, Colorado
Raised in both Hawaii and San Diego, Troy Guard spent much of his youth in either the ocean or the kitchen. At the age of 21, Troy began training with legend Roy Yamaguchi. By age 25, he was responsible for several of Roy’s outposts throughout Asia. Troy spent eight years working closely with Yamaguchi before taking the coveted post of Executive Chef at New York City hotspot Tao. Aside from working with Roy, Troy led several other restaurants to success—including nine75 and Ocean.
Still, the dream of owning his own restaurant was always on his mind, and 2 years later, Chef Guard opened TAG in downtown Denver. A culmination of a life-long dream, TAG embodies Guard’s unique vision of Continental Social Food, a combination of his Hawaiian roots, his Pan-Asian expertise and fresh, local Colorado ingredients.
Since the opening of TAG, Guard has created five more concepts, each with the same sense of culinary passion expressed in different way