Our People

AUSTIN HORNSBY

CHEF DE CUISINE

Born and raised in beautiful Vero Beach, Florida, Austin grew up fishing and cooking fresh seafood. He fell in love with the drive, teamwork, and high energy of the kitchen, and rose through the ranks under the guidance of Chef Alessandro Amelio. His culinary adventures led him to Southern California, where he cooked alongside Chef Justin Braly in San Diego, and then to Denver, Colorado, where he’s living the Big Mountain Dream and cooking up a storm at Jax Fish House downtown. As the chef de cuisine, he enjoys coaching his team to work together, infusing each dish with passion and creativity. He loves seeing the smiles on guests’ faces when they taste his food, and he’s especially proud of the fact that his kitchen gets to support both local Colorado purveyors as well as sustainably-minded fishermen on the coasts.

When he’s not concocting new, delicious recipes at Jax, you’ll find Austin rock climbing, snowboarding, and hanging out with his German Shephard, Dano.

BETSY SHIELDS

GENERAL MANAGER

Betsy has always loved great food – she got her first subscription to Bon Appetit when she was 10 years old! She got hooked on the high energy of the restaurant business while earning a BA from the University of Michigan, and worked her way up the ranks of Euclid Hall, Los Chingones, and North before joining the crew here at Jax.

In her spare time she loves fixing up old houses, hanging out with her family, cheering on her two favorite baseball teams: the Colorado Rockies and the Detroit Tigers, and indulging in some sushi and Diet Mountain Dew.