When I left Denver for the East Coast almost seven years ago there were only a handful of noteworthy nationally recognized restaurants in Colorado. Since returning to my home state, I am pleasantly surprised to find that the food scene is moving faster than an avalanche. Many would say Fruition’s Alex Seidel has brought most of the attention to Denver. Since Alex’s accolades, many chefs have followed, even migrated to our state to be a part of the restaurant gold rush. Cholon’s Lon Symensma moved here from New York after running one of the highest grossing and most highly acclaimed restaurants in the city, Buddakan. He made his choice because he felt that Denver is becoming the food Mecca of the West. It seems the world is starting to agree. Panzano, Colt & Gray, Mizuna, Rioja, Restaurant Kevin Taylor and the Palace Arms are all recipients of the AAA Four Diamond awards. The James Beard nominations were recently announced: Colorado boasts six chefs out of twenty for Best Chef Southwest, including outstanding Pastry Chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom of Denver’s Duo and Olivea, Ryan Hardy of Aspen’s Montagna, Jennifer Jasinski of Denver’s Rioja, and Alex Seidel of Fruition, to name a few. Max Mackissock of the Squeaky Bean was recently nominated Best New Chef: Peoples Choice by Food & Wine Magazine…and the avalanche keeps rolling. I am happy to be caught in the current!