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Jay Spickelmier out at Jing

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Back in September, during the Mile High Chef Competition at Dish-the Westword menu affair, Jay Spickelmier went knife-to-knife against Argyll GastroPub chef Sergio Romero in a spirited battle to see who would saunter away with the Pillsbury Doughboy-esque statue of distinction. At the time, Spickelmier, who emerged victorious, was the exec chef of Jing, Charlie Hsuang's modern Asian restaurant at 5370 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, in Greenwood Village.

That was then. "The Jing project is done for now," says Spickelmier, who has bolted for Vail, which is where his wife has been living since he took the Jing job earlier this year. "The door is still open, but I don't see myself going back, mostly because Charlie could not keep his agreement with me," adds Spickelmier, who worked at Spago at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, as well as Larkspur and the Left Bank in Vail before taking the gig at Jing.

"It's nice to be back in Vail where my home really is," he admits. "I don't know what restaurant in Vail I'll be working at yet, but I'm optimistic about the future and continuing to cook professionally."

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