Best Chef, Most Creative Chef & People’s Choice selected.
Once again, it was my privilege and my pleasure to be a judge at last night’s Pairsine chef competition component at the 10th annual Denver International Wine Festival. Each competing chef was given two gold medal-winning wines from the wine competition several months ago and charged with creating two dishes — one to pair with each wine. We judges were charged with selecting our first and second choices for “Best Chef” and “Most Creative Chef.” Only one in each category could win, but a runner-up was also chosen in case one chef was picked in both.
It is a testimonial to Colorado’s culinary level that the standards were high, even though not one of the area’s big-name chefs was among the competitors. Only the winning chefs were announced, at the event but since I was privy to the judges’ voting, I’ll share those results, plus the People’s Choice winner.
1. Joshua Hesho, Omni Interlocken Resort
2. Jeff Bolton, Kachina Southwestern Grill, Westin Westminster
1. Bill Miner, Relish Catering & Events
2. Lauren Mechin, Jill’s Restaurant, St. Julien Hotel
Chris Teigland, Balistreri Vineyards
Grand Tasting This Evening
There is still one big event: this evening’s Grand Tasting which begins at 4 p.m. for early VIP entry, with regular admission from 6 to 9 p.m. FoMoInfo on admission categories, hours and prices, click here. All guests go home with a Reidel commemorative wine glass, with upgraded admission including more goodies.