Our Team

Of Culinary Experts

Meet The Experts

A seasoned team of experts, our food and beverage leaders are consistently creating unique and memorable experiences not found elsewhere in Boulder.

Laurent Mechin

Executive Chef

Chef Mechin traces his love for the kitchen back to his early childhood in the vineyards of the French Jura Mountains. As a youngster, his first professional kitchen post was at l’Auberge du Moulin de la Chapelle in Burgundy, where Chef Bernard Champion taught him the fundamentals of taste, and instilled in him a passion for cheese and wine. Over the years he has refined his skills in the kitchens of the some of the most renowned restaurants and hotels in Southern California and such hotels as the Four Seasons in Newport Beach, Papagayo in Costa Rica and Jackson Hole Wyoming, recognized by AAA as the country's top luxury ski destination and a AAA Five -Diamond property. Chef Mechin joined St Julien and Jill's Restaurant in 2009.

Philippe Antoine

Jill's General Manager

Philippe Antoine has a long family lineage in the restaurant business. The Antoines have owned and operated an award winning restaurant in the south of France for over 50 years.  Over the last 40+ years, Philippe has worked in such locations as France, New York City and Southern California.  He was part of the team that revitalized the Ambrosia in Orange County along with famed chef Michael Rossi.  Philippe joined Jill’s Restaurant as the general manager in August 2010, where he oversees the daily operations, special events and spearheads the restaurant’s Tableside Dining Program.

Kyle Blekicki

Jill's Operations Manager

Kyle Blekicki, a true local and Boulder native, has worked in the restaurant and service industry since high school. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Kyle moved to the world-class ski destination of Telluride, CO where he discovered his true passion and love for hospitality. After a few years of powder skiing, Kyle came back home and joined Jill’s Restaurant in July 2018, with a highly technical role responsible for payroll, scheduling, and hiring. Kyle works directly with Philippe and the rest of the St. Julien management team to provide 4 star service to our guests, while ultimately focusing on staff development and company culture