Inspired by Chef Samir Mohammad’s travels, Artisan 206 is a Global Kitchen and Bar, serving family-style dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. The atmosphere is rustic and welcoming, and includes a fireplace and Aspen tree decor. The open kitchen and Chef’s counter seating give guests a true dining experience and glimpse into food preparations. Our name “Artisan” is a tribute to all craftsman, whether culinary related or otherwise. A lot of the work in the restaurant was done by the owners themselves, including remodeling the inside, flooring and decor. We worked with many other artisans. Benches and standing bar are custom made by Summit Rustic Furniture, Chef counter plates were made by Dirty Hands Pottery, Metal work was done by Ryan Esker Designs and custom sign was made by Zuni Sign Company. All aspen for decor came from a local farm. Our chefs worked hard laying floor, finishing table tops, painting and lots of scrubbing before being able to open the kitchen. It truly was a labor of love building Artisan 206.
Chef Samir Mohammad “Denver Westword’s Best Rising Chef 2012” brings his inspired ideas, world-influenced palette and passionate energy to Breckenridge, Colorado.
Born in Hollywood, Florida and raised in Taos, NM, Samir grew up in a family of foodies, including parents who owned restaurants in both CO and NM, and a James Beard award-winning uncle.
Chef Samir began his restaurant career in a greasy spoon at the young age of 13. He enjoyed growing up and working within the artistic and community-oriented small town of Taos, where farmers’ markets, gardens and orchards reigned as a primary source of ingredients among the many wonderful eateries.
At 17, Samir joined the U.S. Coast Guard where his travels were far-flung: from the bottom of Fiji and Samoa to the edges of Alaska and Russia. Seeing the world influenced him greatly, from the “combat cooking” style he learned in Samoa to the appreciation of fresh seafood he acquired in Alaska. His four years in the Coast Guard also afforded him the opportunity to attend Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, followed by multiple culinary awards on his resident ship, and ultimately a degree in Dietary Nutrition from CIA Greystone in Napa, CA. Yet even with his prestigious training, he credits his return to Taos and work with his uncle at the famed Joseph’s Table as his most valuable piece of education.
From Taos, Samir moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ, where he served as Executive Chef at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, and later landed in Denver. Here he built a loyal following, leaving his mark at The Village Cork, Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria, Black Pearl, and most recently, the History Colorado Center.
In addition to his experience in more traditional restaurants, Samir spent time consulting for surf resort Pegasus Lodges which allowed him to travel to New Zealand, Samoa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Maldives and Papua New Guinea. Traveling to different countries has allowed Samir to discover authentic dishes, learn unique ingredients and take his culinary knowledge to a whole new level. All of these experiences have influenced his vision for a Global Kitchen, which he is elated to bring to Breckenridge.
Samir’s love for local, seasonal and organic ingredients truly sets his dishes apart. He relishes putting a rustic twist on the classics, using farm-fresh ingredients as much as possible. He also enjoys educating others about food and loves the opportunity to bring people together.
Whenever possible, Chef Mohammad is also found giving back to the community, especially as it pertains to childhood hunger. He has worked with organizations such as the Food Bank of the Rockies, March of Dimes, and Soup for the Soul, among others.
In his free time, Samir enjoys motorcycles, music, road trips, hiking and foraging the mountains for fresh ingredients.