Our Team

hosearosenbergblackbellyheadshotChef & Founder: Hosea Rosenberg

Award winning chef Hosea Rosenberg, is often recognized from his tenure on Bravo’s television show Top Chef, where he went on to win the title of season 5. Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Hosea realized he wanted to become a professional chef while studying to become an astronomer.  After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, Hosea decided it was time to turn what had been a side job into a dedicated career.

Hosea’s passion to cook professionally drove him to work his way up the restaurant ranks, where he worked under the guidance of established chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Kevin Taylor, Sean Yontz and Dave Query, ultimately landing his first chef position at Boulder’s Dandelion Restaurant in 2001.  Following his time at Dandelion, Hosea joined the Big Red F Restaurant Group where he worked as sous chef at Zolo Southwestern Grill and then moved to Jax Fish House to serve as executive chef from 2004 to 2010.

Since his tenure at Jax, Hosea has taken his culinary skills beyond the walls of a restaurant, expanding into a variety of food realms. In 2010 he joined forces with branding expert Laura Rice to launch StrEAT Chefs, a food truck concept that showcased global street food.

Today, Hosea’s passion for all things culinary keeps him busy in Blackbelly’s kitchen, as he develops new recipes and menus for all of our events, big and small.

Events & Marketing Guru: Nicole Kaganowicz

Nicole Kaganowicz comes to Blackbelly from SAVEUR magazine in New York City where she was Executive Director of the magazine’s Marketing and Events division. Prior to her tenure at SAVEUR, she served as a Sr. Marketing Manager for Gourmet magazine where she created integrated marketing programs for the magazine’s partners and advertisers, leveraging the Gourmet brand and all of its media extensions. Her broad events experience with many large-scale chef events includes: The SAVEUR Summer BBQ; Tastings and Wine Dinners in SAVEUR’s editorial test kitchen; The Gourmet Institute; SF Chefs.Food.Wine; Gourmet Wine Cellar; Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and more, bringing over 13 years of event knowledge to Blackbelly. During her time at New York Magazine, she helped execute Taste of New York, one New York City’s largest food events of the year, showcasing 50+ of the nation’s top toques including Marcus Samuelson, Michael Psilakis, Alex Guarnaschelli, John Besh, Aaron Sanchez, Mark Murphy, Gregory Zakarian and more. In 2010 and 2011 she conceptualized and produced Savor the Slopes, a collaborative chef event at the Men’s US World Cup in Beaver Creek for the US Ski Team, on behalf of SAVEUR and Ski Magazines.

In 2011 Nicole moved to Boulder, Colorado from New York City and brought with her a love for all things culinary. Her desire to make an impact on the food scene in Boulder brought her to Chef Hosea Rosenberg & Blackbelly Catering, where she decided to put her marketing and event skills to use for one of Colorado’s top chefs. As Hosea’s partner in crime, she runs the day-to-day operations for Blackbelly including Marketing, Creative, PR, Event Management and Sales.