Our Team

We are very proud of our amazing Team at The Gourmet Spoon!

danStaffSmall Chef Dan Witherspoon is the Director and Executive Chef of The Gourmet Spoon and The Seasoned Chef Cooking School. Chef Dan is Denver’s premier culinary instructor for home cooks.

For over 30 years, Chef Dan has devised delicious versions of the classics. Working his way up from Apprenticeship under celebrated Belgian Chef, Henri Bergmans, to executive chef positions in Southern California and the Denver area, Chef Dan has achieved extraordinarily well-rounded culinary skills. Classically trained in the Western European tradition, he brings an extremely down to earth teaching style to his students of all levels of culinary expertise.

Chef Dan enjoys incorporating Pacific Rim, Southwestern, Northern Italian, French and contemporary Americana cuisines and themes into his cooking and entertaining. Dan’s passion is to be working with great food, surrounded by people who are enjoying the experience.

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Chef Amy Hoyt began her culinary career nearly 25 years ago.

She honed her professional skills working at Strings and then Zenith under Kevin Taylor. In 1991 she opened the popular Bobby Dazzler Bakery. named Best of Westword in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Her bakery was famous for its breads, wedding cakes, and American-style desserts. Her favorites are from her collection of old family recipes. Chef Amy has taught classes for more than 14 years and loves sharing her passion for simple food made with the best ingredients and lots of love.

Chef Cathy Harokopis is an accomplished cook who lives in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Feeling the need to get out of the house after her husband retired 12 years ago, she attended the techniques series at the Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder, where she met Dan Witherspoon, her culinary mentor. She went on to work at a bakery for 5 years in Laramie, where she was responsible for the homemade soup served at lunch everyday. Many of her travels also involve culinary adventure. She has taken cooking classes in Mexico; Oaxaca and the Yucatan – and a week of culinary indulgence and classes in Italy. She teaches an occasional class at The Copper Kettle, a kitchen store in Laramie, and does some catering for food starved Wyomingites.

keithSmallChef Keith Jones, “The Champagne Chef” with the big personality, feeds all the senses while sharing twenty-three years of culinary artistry and chef’s secrets through his “Eatertainment” presentations.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Chef Keith studied under certified Master Chef, Edward Janos for eight years, learning classical French cuisine and techniques. “Edward is my mentor and I owe my culinary skills to him. He took a genuine interest in me at an early age and created the foundation that my career is based upon today.”

Chef Keith was certified as an Executive Chef in December 1999 and has served at several prestigious country clubs. He has won several medals in culinary salons in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado, including the grand prize in the Clos Du Bois Wine and Food Pairing competition. He keeps his participants spellbound with his unique sense of humor and wealth of culinary knowledge.

devinSmallChef Devin Lamma, a native of Virginia, has lived in Colorado for ten years.

He combines 20 years of food industry experience with a degree in education to inspire others about cooking. Influenced by Thomas Keller, Michael Pollan and Anthony Bourdain, Devin leads culinary team building events, cooking classes and private tastings. Devin spent 6 months in 2009 travelling in Tuscany studying sustainable and organic farming. He continues these travels each year, learning new specialties and sponsors other like-minded individuals.