'Top Chef' takes on Denver, where food scene is reaching new heights

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:59:06 AM. The 15th season of “Top Chef” takes place in Colorado, where the capital city is home to a growing number of food halls, artisan producers and creative chefs.
Let’s play a game: I’ll name a city, and you think of food associated with that place. Ready? Denver. What comes to mind? Omelets? Rocky Mountain oysters? How about bison, venison or the meat of other animals that keeps taxidermists paying income taxes? Maybe you’re pondering another kind of edible, given Colorado’s embrace of recreational marijuana. I ran the question by a pro during a recent visit to this outdoorsy city perched on high, rolling plains. “When people think of Denver food, I think they’re always just thinking about mountain food — elk and trout — and that’s not necessarily true,” said local chef Carrie Baird. She recently played a different food-related game in her hometown: The best cooking competition on television (yeah, I said it) chose Colorado as the lofty setting for its 15th season, debuting Dec. 7 on Bravo. duking it out for the title. The series, hosted by velvet-voiced Padma Lakshmi, filmed earlier this year in Aspen, Telluride, Boulder and Denver, where the food scene happens to be hotter than a . (If you want to get Denverites talking, ask where to get the best green chile sauce, and pull up a comfy chair.) More than 220 restaurants opened in Colorado’s capital in 2016, the same year the culinary guide Zagat crowned Denver the third behind Washington and Los Angeles. Now “Top Chef” is tapping into the zeitgeist, aiming its cameras on the cuisine of a city — and state — more famous for its beers than its bites. “So much has changed in Denver, even...Read more
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