Joe Strelnik and Tyson Holzheimer of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery on Falling in Love with Food and Getting Involved in Their Community
This week the Valley welcomed its first Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. The Colorado-based breakfast restaurant chain specializes in creative takes on breakfast classics with seasonal menu changes and an ever-changing Pancake of the Day. Today, we're sharing the second half of our chat with Joe Strelnik and Tyson Holzheimer, co-executive chefs of the new location. If you missed the first part of the interview, in which we found out about the restaurant's dedication to top-notch ingredients and what they've got in mind for their winter menu, you can read it here.
Lauren Saria Joe Strenlik (right) and Tyson Holzheimer (right) inside the new Snooze.
Strelnik grew up in Pennsylvania and says his love for cooking and food began when he was a child. He remembers cooking with mom, dishes like homemade perogis and tried to make his first tortilla at the ripe old age of 8.
By 22, he was working the grill at a nothing-special restaurant cooking burgers and the like. That was when he says he had an epiphany.
"I was trying to make this stupid little cheesesteak good," he says, and with that realization, he decided to go to Johnston and Wales.
From there, it was a whirlwind of stages and jobs at top-notch international destinations, from a nine-month stay in France to a job at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the Isle of Wight. He spent time running the fine-dining outlets (yes, all of them) for the Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Aloha and then headed for the Ninth Hawaiian Island and Las Vegas, where he worked as a sushi chef at Café Wasabi.
"Then [I] found Snooze. And I fell in love," he says.
And Strelnik's been there ever since, for a total of four years this coming March.
As for Holzheimer, the story begins when he was in college in Anchorage, Alaska. That's when he says he got a job washing dishes, and while elbow-deep in dirty dishes, he realized: "This is what I want to do."