Before the cooking competition gets too heated, we asked both chefs to dish out some thoughts on Denver's dining scene. In this corner: Jay Spickelmier.
Denver has the best: Location as far as bringing the East and West Coasts together, thereby creating a lot of fusion.
What you'd like to see more of in Denver from a culinary standpoint: More local produce, especially specialty items like purple cauliflower, which goes along with my wish for a more vibrant farm-to-table approach in restaurants. I'd also love to see a great late-night eatery for us chefs to dine at after we get off work.
What you'd like to see less of in Denver from a culinary standpoint: Processed and fast food.
Favorite Denver restaurant other than your own: TAG, Troy Guard's new restaurant in Larimer Square. He's got bone marrow and rabbit empanadas on the menu, which I find very cool.
Favorite local ingredient: Colorado lamb.