It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kelly Liken, culinary extraordinaire and Knife Fight Champion!
Kelly Liken, one of Colorado’s most promising and influential young chefs, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2002, Kelly graduated first in her class from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, She interned at the renowned Inn at Little Washington. After graduation, Kelly headed west to work at Splendido at the Château in Beaver Creek, Colorado. In 2004, at the youthful age of 27, Kelly realized it was time to open her own restaurant. Restaurant Kelly Liken opened as one of the state’s most sophisticated dining destinations, where the restaurant’s cosmopolitan décor and progressive American cuisine are reflections of the owner/chef’s personality. A James Beard nominee for “Best Chef Southwest” (2009, 2010 and 2011) and participating chef in the James Beard national Celebrity Chef Tour, Kelly has garnered national recognition for her creativity in the kitchen, as well as her commitment and passion for her craft. She has been featured in “A Cowboy Cookout at 10,000 Feet” in Food & Wine, August 2012 , as well as an emerging female chef to watch in the country in Bon Appétit, 2008 “Women Chefs: The Next Generation.”.
The Taste and Savor Questionnaire - Chefs
Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:
I serve a simple yet exciting Seasonal American Cuisine that relies heavily on locally produced and cultivated products.
Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?
Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington
Name your favorite food city and why.
Pick just one!! How hard… I love Nashville right now. It’s a really exciting time to eat there, there are great new restaurants popping up everyday.
Denver is really coming into it’s own and we’re really starting to see a Colorado point of view and style.
What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?
After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?
Maker’s Mark on the rocks
What is your ultimate day off meal?
Anything my husband makes, he’s does a mean Beer Can Chicken on the grill.
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