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JUSTIN BRUNSON, Executive Chef / Partner

STEPHEN ALLEE, CFO / Partner

CASEY TAYLOR, Director of Operations / Partner

JESSICA SMITH, Catering & Special Events

ALI BENCH, Marketing, Public Relations & Social Media

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BRUNSON & CO

Executive Chef/Owner Justin Brunson’s family of celebrated restaurants is dedicated to house-made and locally sourced ingredients.  We offer outstanding food served with warmth and hospitality.

Brunson & Co. is the collection of Denver chef/owner Justin Brunson’s restaurants, including: Masterpiece Deli, Denver Bacon Company, Old Major, Royal Rooster @ Old Major, Masterpiece Kitchen, and Culture Meat & Cheese. Born and raised in a farming family in Iowa, Justin spent his childhood gardening, hunting and fishing.  These activities along with his agricultural roots instilled a passion for food, it’s sourcing, preparation and presentation.

Starting in 2008 with Masterpiece Deli, Justin redefined the sandwich shop in Denver.  With his background and training in fine cuisine, he created  Masterpiece Deli’s ‘Fine Dining Between Bread’ concept and refused to compromise on quality, portions or ingredients.  

In February 2013, Justin launched Old Major and Brunson & Co. was born. Old Major’s elevated farmhouse cuisine - focused on seafood, swine and wine - quickly became one of Denver’s most celebrated restaurants.   With an in-house butchery and charcuterie program, sustainable seafood and ingredients sourced from local farms, Old Major was named one of 5280 Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in 2013 and Best Restaurants in 2014 and 2015.  

A second Masterpiece Deli opened in downtown Denver in 2013 and Justin then turned his focus to another passion…bacon.  The Denver Bacon Company was also launched in 2013 producing a local, dry cured, peachwood smoked, thick cut bacon, which is served at several restaurants in Colorado.  

Masterpiece Kitchen opened in 2016 as a neighborhood restaurant specializing in Colorado inspired dishes in a family friendly environment.  Masterpiece Kitchen offers award-winning chef Justin Brunson's unique take on brunch, lunch and dinner, all sourced with seasonal and local ingredients.  The menu is inspired by the best from Masterpiece Deli, Old Major and the Royal Rooster.

Culture Meat & Cheese opened in 2016 with a concept that brings an education-focused approach in presenting artisan cheese and cured meat from around world.  In addition to a curated retail selection of cultured goods and accoutrement, Culture offers a small menu that features handcrafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as meat and cheese boards.   The space features a full service cheese bar, with a glass countertop case displaying the day's selection of meat & cheese for custom built boards. The entire menu, also featuring meat cones (paper cups filled with shaved cured meat), is available to enjoy throughout The Denver Central Market. Diner's on the run can get their sandwiches wrapped up to go, or pick up a ready-made meat and cheese board.

 

ACCOLADES:

JUDGES CHOICE WINGS | MASTERPIECE KITCHEN
2016 | Ace Wings & Whiskey

DENVER 25 BEST RESTAURANTS | OLD MAJOR
2016 | 5280 Magazine

PEOPLES CHOICE WINGS  | MASTERPIECE KITCHEN
2016 | Ace Wings & Whiskey

READERS CHOICE - BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH | MASTERPIECE DELI
2016 | Best of Denver

BEST HAPPY HOUR DISH  | OLD MAJOR
2015 | Westword Best of Awards

READERS CHOICE - BEST CHEF | JUSTIN BUNSEN / OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Awards

BEST PASTRY CHEF | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Awards

READERS CHOICE - BEST NEW RESTAURANT | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Award

BEST LATE AFTERNOON HAPPY HOUR | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Award

READERS CHOICE - BEST NEW NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Award

READERS CHOICE - BEST EXPENSE ACCOUNT DINNER | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Award

READERS CHOICE - BEST FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Westword's Best of Award

HOT 25 RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S. | OLD MAJOR
2014 | Gayots

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS | OLD MAJOR
2014 | 5280 Magazine

TOP 50 NEW RESTAURANTS IN THE NATION | OLD MAJOR
2013 | Bon Appétit

TOP TEN RESTAURANT  | OLD MAJOR
2013 | 5280 Magazine's 25 Best Restaurants

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR | OLD MAJOR
2013 | Eater Denver

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA | OLD MAJOR
2013 | Thrillist

EXCEPTIONAL NEWCOMER SIGNATURE DISH AWARD | OLD MAJOR
2013 | Colorado Restaurant Association

BEST SANDWICH SHOP | MASTERPIECE DELI
2012 | Westword Best of Awards

BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH | MASTERPIECE DELI
2011 | Westword Best of Awards

BEST CASSOULET | OLD MAJOR
2011 | Westword Best of Awards

TOP OF THE TOWN - TOP DELI | MASTERPIECE DELI
2009 | 5280 Magazine

SPECIALTY CHEF OF THE YEAR | JUSTIN BRUNSON
2009 | Denver Magazine

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS | MASTERPIECE DELI
2008 | 5280 Magazine