At The Guest restaurant in Boulder, you’ll dine in the chef’s actual home.

Without realizing it, chefs Syd Younggreen and Brian De Souza had been practicing to open their pandemic-friendly restaurant, The Guest, all along.

The 24- and 27-year-old couple met while working in New York kitchens; their respective résumés include stints at high-end spots like Blue Hill and Le Bernardin. When they discovered that they cooked not just well but really quite creatively together, they started to scheme.

First, there were special meals served in NYC dining rooms on restaurants’ nights off. Then came private pop-ups hosted on their apartment balcony (can you imagine the squeeze?). By the time Younggreen and De Souza hit the road to throw ticketed dinner parties with friends around the country in cities such as Austin and San Francisco, their concept began to coalesce.

Earlier this month, they opened The Guest inside a central Boulder bungalow. It’s a dinner series that happens only on weekends, with a private invitation and an intimate, practically secluded setting still in the heart of town.

Then there’s the food, which recalls those fine NYC kitchens, or a Michelin-starred European tasting menu, or a World’s 50 Best destination in De Souza’s native Peru. High points of the 10-course meal are something to behold. At a time when many restaurants are rethinking their entire operations, or else closing altogether, these young chefs are laying it all out.