OUR TEAM

Brad Heap

Chef/Owner/Founder

Chef Brad is a seasoned chef who is passionate about sustainable cuisine, hospitality, and community involvement. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and fell in love with cooking at an early age. He learned the basics from his mom in her kitchen. That's where his passion for food began. Chef Brad has been working in the industry since he was 13 years old. He graduated from CIA, then went on to apprentice in France and Italy for a year and half. That's where he learned French! He was a partner at Full Moon Grill, then went on to found Colterra Food & Wine. In 2009 he built and opened SALT. Chef Brad's favorite thing to eat at SALT is the vegetable tasting from his farming partners.

Chef Derek

Executive Chef

Chef Derek grew up in Maine. Snowboarding brought him to the magical land of Colorado. He started working at his family's restaurant when he was 12 and has been cooking ever since. SALT is one of the top restaurants in Boulder, and he fell in love with the vision of the food in SALT. Chef Derek's favorite part of being at SALT is working with the local farmers and sourcing the freshest seafood that he then gets to cook and eat!

Aaron

General Manager

Aaron grew up only a few blocks off the Pearl Street bricks. His family owned a restaurant - 14th Street - at 14th and Pearl for 23 years so Aaron's restaurant education began at a very young age. From the time he was eight years old, Aaron was bussing tables in the family restaurant and learning about the industry. He spent some time in the kitchen in his pre-teen years, but he quickly found his passion for front of house operations.

After growing up in Boulder, Aaron left to work in some of the best restaurants from coast to coast. In his own words; "I learned so much in James Beard award-winning establishments in LA like A.O.C. and in Boston at the Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot, and I spent time training all over the country. Eventually, I decided to be closer to my family and came back home to Colorado where I've been since 2009."

Upon returning to the state, Aaron opened several restaurants in Denver with his brother, after Interstate Kitchen & Bar and Crimson Canary closed Aaron decided it was time for a return to his home town and joined the team at SALT.

Chef Brett

Chef De Cuisine

Chef Brett graduated from the Culinary Art Institute of Colorado and has been cooking since 2007. He started at SALT when it opened in 2009 and left to explore different culinary avenues. He found his way back to SALT in 2023. Chef Brett fell in love with SALT because of the sustainability and being able to learn and gain experience to grow his culinary career. Chef Brett's favorite thing to cook at SALT is sustainable seafood.

Marisa

Assistant General Manager

Marisa grew up on a farm in Illinois and has been in the restaurant industry since she was 15. She has held every position and has a passion for the craft. Her management career started working in the craft beer world in Indiana before moving to Colorado. Since coming to Boulder she has managed for Oskar Blues and the West End Tavern where she honed her managerial skills, and eye for detail. She then decided to bring her talents a couple blocks down Pearl Street to SALT. She frequently brings baked goods and savory eats she makes at home for the staff, and her flair with decorating can be seen in our cellar, where her design skills are on display. We appreciate her need to make everyone and everything better at SALT, and her desire to be the best at what she does. Marisa's favorite cocktail at SALT is 'Sage Advice'.

Xander

Beverage Director

Xander was born and raised in upstate New York. He initially found his way to Colorado in 2007 to attend university. Since then he has established roots in the state and in the restaurant scene here in Boulder. Xander loves to share his passion and knowledge for spirits, wine, and cocktails with guests and staff alike. Yet his favorite part is exposing others to new flavors, ideas, and combinations with the hope to inspire them to broaden their own journey in the world of wine and spirits. Xander's favorite thing to eat at SALT are scallops & pork belly and his favorite drink is a sazerac.