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Rioja Chef Tim Kuklinski Talks Truffles and Family Traditions

Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson is making the rounds at Rioja, talking about his seafood and lamb creations for a Taste of Iceland dinner hosted by the restaurant. For Rioja's chef de cuisine, Tim Kuklinski, the event is almost like Christmas; he gets to see new ingredients and try out techniques not standard in his kitchen's repertoire (although he grimaces at the mention of the phrase "molecular gastronomy"). He's emanating equal parts giddiness and watchfulness, since he is also responsible for making sure the rest of the food going out to guests is up to his standards and those of his boss, restaurateur Jennifer Jasinski, who co-owns the much-lauded restaurant with Beth Gruitch.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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