Executive Michael Irwin

Executive Michael  Irwin

Executive Michael Irwin

Sauce on the Creek | Avon, CO | www.sauceonthecreek.com

Michael Irwin had started his career in the Vail Valley in 1994 working at Sweet Basil until 1999. This is when he left Sweet Basil to open Larkspur with Thomas Salamonovich. Over the course of his early days working in kitchens, Mike's path allowed him to work in some of the best know Restaurants in Vail.
After opening Larkspur Mike's path as a chef led him to open Juniper in Edwards with partner Doug Able. Seven years of love and labor were spent in Larkspur during which Mike experience the Death of his Father and the birth of his two sons motivating him to his next level of greatness as a chef.
Mike's next challenge in the kitchen came as he left Juniper to work at Main Street Grill, neighboring Juniper. His tasks at hand at Main Street was to redo the menu items and take a fresh take on some old ideas.
In 2010 Zino II opened with Mike acting as chef and partner in the business. Not feeling fulfilled with this new venture chef Mike went out on his own and entered the cratering business. After a quick stint opening the corner bistro in Edwards his path led him to Avon's newest family style Italian eatery, Sauce on the Creek.
Sauce on the Creek has allowed chef Mike’s talent to shine by creating daily specials that are not just Italian based. Life in the Vail Valley has changed for Mike many times over the years but his passion and love for cooking has always remained the same.


With an old world influenced style, our menu offers a complete selection of Italian dishes to satisfy your palette. From classic favorites like Spaghetti Bolognese to more contemporary dishes such as our Penne Gorgonzola, we've got something for everyone! Chef Michael and Sauce on the Creek will be competing in the Niman Ranch Iberian Duroc Pork Challenge and present at The Grand Tasting. Come enjoy their cuisine!

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