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.
Colorado native Lee Sandoval is a class act in courtesy. He got his start as a bellhop and all around hand, helping his aunt manage The Centennial in Beaver Creek. From there he went on to work at The Park Hyatt and, after earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport, he landed his first gig with the Big Red F at Rhumba Cafe Caribbean. Since then he’s worked his way up the ranks, first at The West End Tavern, then Centro, and now Jax Fish House.
When he’s not hosting folks at Jax, Lee enjoys spending time with his wife, dining out or hosting small gatherings at home. He also loves playing rec-league soccer, running, cycling, hiking, skiing, and dressing to the nines.