Mug Shots: Ian "Ziggy" Zygmunt
Take a peek beyond the beer you love to drink with our blog series titled, "Mug Shots." There are a lot of folks here at Boulder Beer who play a huge role in our day to day success. This is our way of introducing you to the team that makes it all happen. It’s time for you to meet AM Kitchen Lead – Ian “Ziggy” Zygmunt!
Ziggy moved around a lot, but considers himself from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2005, after a little over 3 years of being stationed at an Air Force base in Utah, Ziggy decided to make the move to Colorado. He is planning on staying in Colorado for the time being. And I mean, who wouldn’t?
His passion for cooking stemmed from watching the Food Network as a kid. Emeril! was one of his favorites back in the day, but now his go-to show is Chopped. He worked at a diner at age 16 and then moved away from the kitchen for 12+ years working as a mechanic and security for some of Boulder’s favorite concert venues. He only recently got back in the kitchen by working at Boulder Café and Moe’s Original Bar B Que, just to name a few. Ziggy has been at Boulder Beer for a year and three months.
Within the past year, he said the craziest day was by far our 38th Anniversary Party. “I was working a swing shift and from the moment I got here to the moment I left we were crazy busy, tickets were constantly coming in, and we had no time for breaks.” Make sure to stop by the 39th Anniversary Party this year to thank Ziggy for the delicious food and hard work!
When he’s not in the kitchen he enjoys being outside, playing video games, digital art and spending time with his and his girlfriend Emily’s not so little 4 year old Great Dane puppy – Minnie. Ziggy possesses a very unique skill, “I’m a nunchuck master. Like I’m actually really good at nunchucks.” We will take your word! His favorite Boulder Beer brew, without hesitation, is Killer Penguin Barleywine. As far as his favorite menu items go it was a tough choice, but he eventually picked the Reuben Sandwich. "Being a cook means that you can customize pretty much anything you want," he said. “I usually eat a variation of something on the menu.”
Thanks Ziggy, for all you do! We appreciate you!