Rumble In The Rockies

East versus West – Chefs Challenge Event

Everyone was a winner at our chefs challenge event on Sunday, April 29th at The Riverside. The weather was warm and sunny. Our Eastern and Western cuisine teams, each comprised of three top local chefs, showed competitive spirit while facing off. The hustle while prepping, sauteeing, grilling, and making rice noodles from scratch was palpable. Chef Ryan Gorby of Cho77 and Chef Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana, respectively head chefs of the East and West teams, were involved in everything and provided strong direction. With the help of six culinary students from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the chefs did what they do best: create beautiful dishes. Though both teams produced delicious dishes, the audience and judges both agreed that the East team was the winner of our live chefs challenge.

Culinary student portioning East team dish. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.
Chef Thach Trang extruding rice noodles. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.
Chef Steve Radzikowski, culinary student, and Chef Thach Tran cooking up a storm. Photo courtesy of Denver Westword.


The winning East team dishes

Spring mushroom chawanmushi with dashi egg cloud, black rice crisp, trout roe
Vietnamese Bún ca, yuzu miso grilled Cobia with nu?c ch?m dressing, and fresh herbs

West team dishes

Casarecce Carbonara with nettles, cured duck egg yolk, lemon and smoked pepper
Oil-poached Cobia with mushroom fumet, morels and spring vegetables


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