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Kelly Liken didn't win Top Chef DC, but she's at the top of her game

This is part one of Juliet Wittman's interview with Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken. Read part two of the Kelly Liken interview here.

Kelly Liken Restaurant Kelly Liken 12 Vail Road, Vail 970-479-0175

One of Kelly Liken's finest moments on Top Chef D.C. came when the contestants were challenged to make healthful school lunches that children would love eating. She created pork carnitas tacos with pickled onion and cilantro, and won the challenge. This was fitting: Liken, who graduated first in her class from the Culinary Institute of America, owns Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, and in a project that Jamie Oliver would love, she and her husband, Rick Colomitz, have been working on a greenhouse program with Creek Elementary School in Eagle called Sowing Seeds and funded by the Vail Valley Foundation.

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Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. She has reviewed theater for Westword for over a decade; for many years, she also reviewed memoirs for the Washington Post. She has won several journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her novel, Stocker's Kitchen, can be obtained at select local bookstores and on Amazon.
Contact: Juliet Wittman