The Talent: Featured Chefs

Check out the amazing local Chef talent!

Chef Jean-Pierre Bleger,
Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar
Executive Chef/Owner
Jean-Pierre arrived in the United States to work in Texas, where he opened his first bakery in 1969. He finally found peace and balance in life by moving to Durango, “After 20 years in the rat race, I’d had enough.” In 1990, when prices were still reasonable, he bought and renovated a former Chrysler dealership. It’s now prime real estate, but Bleger has no worries about a landlord increasing his rent. Best of all, from the moment Jean-Pierre’s opened it was a hit.  Housed in a corner portion of the building is the bakery, cafe and wine bar. When the spirit strikes, Bleger will knock out a tune or two on the 19th-century grand piano. Rebecca, Bleger’s wife of 35 years, buys the wine. He bakes the pastries, 25 bread varieties, and whatever seasonal specialties strike his fancy. – Denver Post, archives.
Jean-Pierre will be featured at the Jean-Pierre Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

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Chef Cliff Bornheim,
Ore House Restaurant
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Executive Chef
Chef Cliff will be featured at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Full Bio

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Chef Sean Clark,
Steamworks Brewing Co. & El Moro Spirits and Tavern
Executive Chef
ClarkSean will be at the Steamworks Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Miguel Carrillo
Chef at Kennebec Cafe and
owner Barbara Helmer

BarbaraHelmerChef Carrillo will be featured at the wine dinners on Wednesday and Thursday nights as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

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Chef Dave Cuntz,
Carver Brewing Co.
Executive Chef
Dave - CarversRaised in Denver, Chef Dave has tested and tasted the culinary arts and culture of food around our country and internationally. After completing his BA in Fine Arts at Fort Lewis College, he spent seven months in Chambery, France, at the University of Savoie, where he became familiarized with French cooking and traditions. At the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, Chef Dave Furthered his Knowledge of Fine Eatery, Later, as the Executive Chef at Equus Restaurant, Cuntz was recognized as one of Louisville, Kentucky’s top chefs. In 2005, Chef Dave returned to Durango with his wife and two children and they have since called it home. Over the years, Chef Dave’s talents have been showcased both locally and nationally in contests, magazine features, publications, and television broadcasts. After seven years of managing at the Strater Hotel and its three restaurant venues, Chef Dave is proud to be Executive Chef at Carver Brewing Company. Chef Dave will be featured at the Carver Brewing Co. Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Owner Alison Dance,Dance
Cyprus Café& ENO
Executive Chef & Owner
Alison will be featured at the Cyprus Café/eno Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Chef Susan Devereaux

Executive Chef and Owner Guidos

SusanDevreauxChef Devereaux will be featured at the luncheonar on Thursday and at the winemaker dinner on Friday night as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

 

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Vera Hansen,Vera-Hansen-Chef-at-Cyprus-Cafe
Cyprus Café & ENO
Executive Chef
Chef Hansen will be featured at the wine seminar on Thursday as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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BeauLinborg
Chef Beau Linbord
Brew

Executive Chef
Chef Lindborg will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

 

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Chef Neil Drysdale,NealDrysdale1
Mahogany Grille
Executive Chef
Chef Drysdale will be featured at a wine dinner on Friday, the Master Wine Seminar & the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

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Chef Ryan Lowe,
Ore HouseRyan Lowe

Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Ryan will be featured at wine seminar on Friday & at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.


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Chef Michael Lutfy,Michael Lufty
Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen
Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Lufty will be featured at the wine dinner on Friday night, and at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Chef Dennis Morrisroe,Dennis Morrisroe
Seasons Rotisserie and Grill
Executive Chef
Chef Morrisroe will be featured at the wine seminar on Thursday as well as at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Chuck Norton,
Hwy 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar

Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Norton will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Carley Snider,
Animas Chocolate Co.
Owner
Carley will be displaying her award-winning chocolates at the VIP Welcome reception on Thursday and at Saturday’s Grand Tasting as she partners with Vin Market.
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John Schwarz,
Fifth Street Eatery
Executive Chef
Chef Schwarz will be featured at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

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