Our People

SHEILA LUCERO

CHEF DE CUISINE

A native of Denver, Colorado, Chef Sheila Lucero owes her love of cooking to her father, an avid cook and food connoisseur. She fell in love with the wonderful and varied cuisines of South Florida while earning a degree in Biology and playing soccer at Florida International University and, bent on becoming a chef, she returned home to CO to enroll at the Colorado Art Institute. She then joined the outstanding opening crew of Jax Fish House in Denver and rose through the ranks to become Chef de Cuisine in 2002. Jax garnered widespread acclaim under her guidance, winning Best Seafood Restaurant in 5280 Magazine, Westword Magazine, City Search, and Rocky Mountain News. In 2009, she became the Executive Chef of Jax Fish House, and has since helped open additional and equally awesome Jax locations in Fort Collins, Glendale, and Kansas City.

Ever mindful of the fact that, though we make our living by what we get, we make our lives by what we give, Sheila has donated her time and talents to numerous charity events such as The National Kidney Foundation Great Chefs of the West, The American Liver Foundation, Chefs Up Front (Share Our Strength), Do at the Zoo, and Project Angel Heart.

THERESIA OTA

CHEF DE CUISINE

Born and raised in Hawaii, Theresia dreamed of becoming a professional food writer and earned a degree in Communications from the University of San Fransisco. After cooking for a year, however, she realized that her heart was in the kitchen and decided to pursue a career as a chef. She enrolled in Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Denver and has since lent her considerable talents to kitchens in San Fransisco, Maine, Brooklyn, Denver, and Kansas City

Theresia loves cooking for people as an expression of creativity, highlighting her personal culinary style which is seasonally and locally driven. When she’s not creating something exceptional at Jax, Theresia enjoys practicing yoga and restaurant hopping with her partner Jesse, and visiting her three sisters, and five nephews.

KENNY COHRS

LEAD BARTENDER

Kenny grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned degrees from Washington State University and the University of Phoenix before making his way to Kansas City years ago. He’s since lent his talents to Manifesto, Tannin, Louie’s Wine Dive, Cafe Trio, Bar Rosso at the Hotel Sorella, and now Jax Fish House where he was named Best Bartender in Kansas City 2014 by Pitch Magazine.

Dedicated to his craft, he is BarSmart Advanced Certified, a board member of the USBG Kansas City Chapter, and a founding member of Liquid Minded Concepts, a beverage consulting company. When he’s not behind the stick at Jax, you’ll find Kenny spending time with family, running, riding, woodworking, and coaching a high school wrestling team.