our team

our team

keith arnold + stephanie bonin
founders + owners  (denver + vermont)
Keith is the entrepreneur and visionary behind duo. Stephanie brings the passion and ingredient-focused drive to everything we do.
Together we have cultivated a staff of wonderful and talented people working to make duo a locally and nationally acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Denver. We are thrilled to bring this vision to Main St. in Brattleboro, VT.

tyler skrivanek
executive chef  (denver + vermont)
Tyler has spent countless hours as a chef at duo Restaurant since December 2005. He has learned farm-to-table cuisine and built relationships with local purveyors. This experience, combined with his upbringing in Nebraska farmland, has allowed him to cultivate a working knowledge of food cycles and seasonality in the Rocky Mountain region.
His other creative outlet is music and as a percussionist. “I can’t help but notice the similarities between a good menu and a good album. Each has their hits, B side and thoughtful arrangement. Just like an unforgettable album, my goal is to give our guests a full experience, from start to finish.”

dennis phelps
opening chef  (vermont)
Dennis began his career at duo Denver in 2005 under John Broening. He moved on to be the Executive Chef de Cuisine at The Kitchen from 2007-2013 where he focused his culinary skills on creating farm-to-table cuisine. He is excited by the challenge of returning to duo Restaurant and working with Stephanie & Keith so he moved cross country to enter the chaos of opening a restaurant. Needless to say he didn’t realize how indispensable he would become nor did he realize how much he would fall in love with VT.

andrew hunter
chef de cuisine  (vermont)
I have been fortunate to have some incredible positions during my tenure as a chef: Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant , Charlie Palmer’s Restaurant in the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Tristan Restaurant in Charleston, SC, and the 4-diamond rated Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, NH. However as a graduate of NECI, I fell in love with Vermont and always had an eye towards returning someday.
When the opportunity to become the Sous Chef at the highly rated Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend, Vermont presented itself, I jumped at the chance to return to New England and Vermont. I loved my experience there and now am ready for the new challenge of duo Restaurant. I can’t wait to showcase the fantastic Vermont and New England products that are available from our local farmers, fishermen, and foragers.

yasmin lozada-hissom
pastry chef  (denver)
A five-time nominated semi-finalist for the James Beard Pastry Chef Award, Yasmin brings her love of desserts to duo’s menu every night. Her inspirations are her childhood and family in Peru and Venezuela, as well as her travels all around the world.
The talented and great pastry chefs: Katy Sparks and Gary Robins continue to be a source of inspiration for Yasmin.

tiffany leong
sous chef  (denver)
Growing up as a first generation Chinese American, Tiffany’s life has and will always be centered around food. Her best memories as a child all come from the kitchen table. Gathered around the table in silence just enjoying the loud noises of family members sipping soup, slurping noodles, shoveling rice into their mouths and smelling those familiar smells that still make her smile today.
“When the farm deliveries come in and menu changes for the season are being written it feels like Christmas! I love being so committed to our farms and their products and harvesting vegetables in our urban garden for a night’s service. What an incredible privilege it is to be able to walk into our restaurant with such variety and quality of ingredients to cook with and create a menu or an evening special.”
Her hope is that our customers fall as much in love with our restaurant, our experience, creativity, and cuisine as she have.

john broening
founding chef  (denver)
Our founding chef was John Broening, who opened duo in October 2005 and worked side by side with us for seven fabulous years. In February of 2013 Chef Broening stepped down as executive chef. He and his wife, Yasmin own and operate Spuntino, an Italian cafe in the Highlands at 32nd & Clay.

bobby rayburn
general manager  (denver)
duo opened the doors with Bobby as General Manager and continues to thrive with his guidance and support. “I love being behind the bar because of its ever growing and changing dynamics. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn a new drink or find a new beer, wine or spirit.”

brett yoho
manager  (denver)
At age 16 Brett began his career in the service industry and quickly fell in love with the opportunity to provide great experiences for other people and the camaraderie with co-workers. He is an avid mountaineer, love craft beer, bluegrass music, playing disc golf and most of all spending time with his growing family.