"The dish I'm going to do, I'm doing it for 350-400 people, and I wanted something sumptuous." Cooking has long been an important part of Chef Richard Jimenez's life. The son of Paul and Mary Jean Wegner, proprietors of popular Boise bistro Cucina di Paolo, Jimenez felt a deep connection with food and, more importantly, preparing it, from a young age—he was 15 when he got his first cooking job. Locally, he worked at restaurants like Angell's, Bardenay and Cottonwood Grille to name a few, and he even trained under Chef Scott Leibfried of Hell's Kitchen fame while living in Southern California. Now, at age 37, Jimenez is the executive chef of Le Coq d'Or, located in Chateau des Fleurs on the grounds of the world-renowned...
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Chef Richard Jimenez