Denver’s James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Seidel opens new healthy fast casual chicken joint

In case you don’t speak Aussie lingo, chook means chicken. So if you were wondering what to expect at James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Seidel’s new fast-casual restaurant, Chook, there you have it.

It’s chicken.

Along with partners Adam Schlegel (Snooze) and Randy Layman, Seidel opened Chook to provide healthy, delicious, fast food at an affordable price — most meals are in the $9-13 range. It’s a simple menu of chicken cooked over a charcoal rotisserie, along with salads, veggies and mac and cheese.

The inspiration came from Schlegel, who lived with his Australian wife, Sarah, just outside of Melbourne in an area called the Mornington Peninsula. He frequented the neighborhood chicken shops, which are ubiquitous in Australian suburbs, picking up rotisserie chicken for dinner on nights when he was short on time.

“When we moved back in 2014, we missed our local weekly or more shop and thought it just may fly in Denver,” Schlegel said.

Seidel liked the idea of making healthy, responsible food more accessible, as well as Chook’s mission of promoting employee ownership and giving money back to its community. One percent of sales will be donated to a rotating group of local charities.

Ready to get all Chooked up? (Sorry, we really like puns.) Try every trick in the Chook (See?) starting Friday, Dec. 7.

Chook Charcoal Chicken: 1330 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303-282-8399; chookchicken.com

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