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An Insider's Look Into One of the Most Exclusive Food Festivals in the World

Jun 23 2014 - 3:15pm

Few can make it to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen [1], but we want to make it like you're right there with us, so we snapped photos of all the chefs, beautiful scenery, and going-ons of the event.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Iizuka

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Thursday: St. Regis Chefs Club

The sign paves the way.

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Thursday: St. Regis Chefs Club

Don't know much about the Best New Chefs of 2014 [4]? Pick up a copy of Food & Wine's July issue.

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Thursday: St. Regis Chefs Club

Class of 2013 Best New Chefs Michael Hudman and Matthew Gaudet enjoyed a glass of wine at the St. Regis Chefs Club.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Thursday: St. Regis Chefs Club

The kitchen prepped for dinner service.

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Thursday: St. Regis Chefs Club

Anthony Bohlinger, mixologist and executive beverage director of the Chefs Club, whipped up his take on an old fashioned.

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Thursday: Welcome Reception

Andrew Zimmern held the editor in chief of Food & Wine on the red carpet.

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Thursday: Welcome Reception

Hugh Acheson and Andrew Zimmern walked the red carpet.

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Thursday: Welcome Reception

Fan greeted Nicholas Elmi, Top Chef season 11 winner.

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Thursday: Welcome Reception

A line cook for Top Chef season 10 winner Kristen Kish grilled crepes on a giant crepe griddle.

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Thursday: Welcome Reception

Bart Vandaele kept cool during service.

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Thursday: Eat Drink Spain

Marcus Samuelsson chatted with us about his favorite bites at the José Andrés party. The winner? Freshly shucked oysters from Rappahannock.

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Thursday: Eat Drink Spain

A cook grilled up Ibérico pork ribs overlooking the beautiful Aspen mountains.

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Thursday: Eat Drink Spain

Guests mixed and mingled while sipping some of Spain's finest wines and nibbling on delicious Spanish barbecue.

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Thursday: Eat Drink Spain

Cheers to our fantastic host José Andrés, whose charisma easily touched every guest at the party.

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Friday: Grand Tasting Tents

Let the grand tasting begin!

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Friday: Grand Tasting Tents

The Essential Pépin [7], signed by Jacques Pépin himself, is something all home cooks should have in their collections.

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Friday: Grand Tasting Tents

Working out while making margaritas? Patrón Tequila's [8] bicycle blender was as amusing as it was refreshing!

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Friday: Grand Tasting Tents

Charming chef Tyler Florence [9] smiled for the camera.

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Friday: Grand Tasting Tents

Whipping up Hendrick's Gin [10] cocktails is just one of Geoffrey Zakarian's many hidden talents.

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Friday: Chef Demos

Marcus Samuelsson busted out a big cast-iron pan for his demo.

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Friday: Chef Demos

Following tradition, José Andrés invited his daughter to join him on the demo stage.

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Friday: Chef Demos

Tyler Florence [13] chopped up some herbs.

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Friday: Chef Demos

Michael Symon explained the importance of seasoning.

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Friday: Founder's Dinner

Wild foxes roamed the top of the mountain.

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Friday: Founder's Dinner

Jacques Pépin led the Champagne toast on top of Aspen Mountain.

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Friday: Founder's Dinner

Gail Simmons was just one of many celebrity chefs attending the dinner.

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Friday: Founder's Dinner

Guests dined on Irish fare in the Sundeck Castle at the top of Aspen Mountain.

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Saturday: Grand Tasting Tent

Wineries separated themselves from the pack by pulling out wild-looking decanters.

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Saturday: Grand Tasting Tent

Paul Kahan whipped up some dishes to go alongside Goose Island beers.

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Saturday: Grand Tasting Tent

Top Chef judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons signed books next to season 11 winner Nicholas Elmi.

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Saturday: Grand Tasting Tent

Scott Conant served a Mediterranean octopus dish and chatted with fans.

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Saturday: Chef Demos

Carla Hall, famous for her quirky facial expressions, kept the audience laughing while she blended her soup.

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Saturday: Q & A Session

Ali Larter [18] and Giada De Laurentiis took questions from the audience. Many (not surprisingly) asked about their beauty regimes.

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Saturday: Wonderland at the Classic

Chefs Richard Blais, Alex Stupak, Grant Achatz, and Jonathan Waxman toasted before service.

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Saturday: Wonderland at the Classic

Grant Achatz and Mike Bagale of Alinea filled edible balloons with helium and sealed them with gummy sugar string. We videoed the experience of eating one [20].

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Saturday: Wonderland at the Classic

The balloons were the biggest hit at the party, making Grant Achatz one happy chef.

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Sunday: The Classic Cook-Off

Curtis Stone and his expecting wife participated in a cook-off competition against Tyler Florence [21].

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Sunday: The Classic Cook-Off

Tyler Florence [23] concentrated deeply while garnishing his dish.

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Sunday: The Classic Cook-Off

Audience members (including celebrity chefs) voted for their favorite using a black spatula and a red bottle opener.

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