The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen brings together the who’s who of the culinary world each year and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. CBS4’s Shawn Chitnis is covering the people connected to Colorado that make this the premiere event for the industry.
ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The best food and wine from all over the world gets showcased each year at one of the culinary industry’s top events, but this year organizers made sure to highlight some of the best ingredients from the state that hosts the event with the help of TV judge and author Gail Simmons.
“We all talk about being local, eating local and it only made sense,” Simmons said to CBS4. “Here we are.”
The food writer and “Top Chef” judge teamed up with the Colorado Tourism Office to offer a seminar called “Rocky Mountain Flavor” at the 2017 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Simmons has come here for years and has helped to put on the annual event in the past. But the veteran of the Classic admits she hadn’t explored much of Colorado until recently when her show shot their 15th season traveling around the state this spring. The show spent six weeks on the road visiting several cities.
“The best thing that I think kind of differentiates Colorado from all the other places and cities that we’ve shot is just how outdoors we’re able to be,” Simmons said about the latest season of “Top Chef” that finished production in June. “Every view, every vista is perfect, gorgeous, green, huge blue sky.”
Taking from her new exposure to so much of Colorado she prepared a meal for attendees of the Classic over the weekend featuring a variety of local favorites. The dishes she made included lamb, potatoes, goat cheese, and cherries. She joked with the audience about the importance to enjoy every piece of the food you cook.
“If you take nothing away from my seminar, take the crispy bits,” she told the audience.