Denver Magazine Announces 2010 'Denver Chef of the Year' Finalists

Aug 17, 2010, 16:25 ET from Denver Magazine

DENVER, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Denver Magazine announced today the finalists for its 2010 “Denver Chef of the Year” awards program. In an extensive search that included countless anonymous meals and input from chefs, sommeliers, farmers, instructors, and other industry professionals across the state, Denver Magazine scoured the city for the most influential culinary artisans of the year.

“In addition to being consistently talented at their craft and an inspiration for others in the business, these individuals have made a significant contribution to the Denver dining scene since this time last year,” says Denver Magazine publisher/editor Michael Ledwitz.

“Whether they opened a new restaurant or went from relative obscurity to being a chef we had heard about most during the nomination process, these talented individuals were an important part of the Denver culinary world this year, and it is a pleasure to honor them,” says Denver Magazine senior food editor, Stacey Brugeman.

The 2010 “Denver Chef of the Year” honorees are

Chef of the Year Finalists

Jeff Osaka, Twelve Restaurant

Jennifer Jasinski, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, and Rioja

Tyler Wiard, Elway’s

Rising Star Finalists

Brad Rowell, Colt & Gray

Chris MacGillivray, Olivea

Sergio Romero, Argyll

Specialty Chef: Street Cart Finalists

Chad Clevenger, The Porker

David Bravdica, Brava! Pizzeria della Strada

Mike Winston, Gastro Cart

Mixologist Finalists

Kevin Burke, Colt & Gray

Randy Layman, Vesta Dipping Grill

Sean Kenyon, Steuben’s Food Service

Baker Finalists

Gregory Bortz, The Denver Bread Company

Jeff Cleary, Grateful Bread Company

Michael Bortz, City Bakery

Winners will be announced September 13, 2010 at an invitation-only party to be held at Union Station. The October issue of Denver Magazine will feature all 15 finalists and the many reasons for honoring them this year.

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SOURCE Denver Magazine