On Wednesday night, seventeen chefs from across Denver convened on the patio of Elway's Cherry Creek
for the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge, an annual benefit -- and one of the best food-related events of the year -- for the Denver Health Foundation's male-based programs. The chefs, all of whom created different variations of sliders, paired their dishes with a salad or side, and the public, along with the participating chefs, voted on which slider sizzled to the top. Tyler Wiard and Aniedra Nichols, the dynamic kitchen team behind Elway's, were awarded first place in the people's race for their barbacoa torta paved with onion-radish slaw, grilled Oaxaca cheese and smear of avocado. Second place went to Adam Branz, the chef of Bistro Vendome
, who served an elegant slider mounted with pork belly, apricot compote and Camembert on sour dough, while third place was awarded to Continental Deli
's Felice Price, who wowed the slider-starved crowd with her jackalope sausage slider topped with apricot mustard and grilled red cabbage spiked with citrus. The chef vote for best slider went to Branz.
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For more photos of the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge benefit for Denver Health, check out our full slide show.