Our People

SAM PEPPER

CHEF DE CUISINE

Sam became a chef because he loves to cook, plain and simple. Born in Denver and raised in Ojai, California, he attended the California Culinary Academy in San Fransisco. He rose through the ranks of the Los Angeles restaurant scene and earned his chops at such fine establishments as Rustic Canyon and Milo & Olive. As a chef, Sam loves creating a sense of community and working with his team to bring guests together over fresh, delicious, and sustainable dishes.

When he’s not behind the burners at Jax, Sam loves getting outdoors to enjoy the Colorado sunshine with his wife Anika and their two dogs, and then enjoying an ice-cold pint at a local brewery.

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.