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Big Game's Leo Harvey on pork belly (it's just bacon!), Denver's obsession with green chile and his own obsession with chicken stock

Leo Harvey Big Game Restaurant & Lounge 1631 Wazee Street 303-623-1630

This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Leo Harvey, exec chef of Big Game Restaurant & Lounge. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow.

Leo Harvey is shaking his head, bewildered and befuddled by Denver's obsession with green chile. "The biggest challenge for me since moving to Denver in February has been getting that damn green chile right," confesses Harvey, the executive chef of Big Game, the big media lounge, restaurant and upscale sports bar that opened in May under the direction of restaurateurs Dan Smith and Zach and Jeffrey Chodorow. "For three weeks straight, we went from restaurant to restaurant trying to figure out which green chile was the best, and we finally had to step back, admit that we could sit here all day long and try to mimic what everyone thinks is the best green chile, or just do our own, which we finally did in the end - and it's a good one."

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