Nothing at the Classic induces more excitement than Saturday night's big ticket, the Best New Chefs Dinner. It was my favorite event last year for a multitude of reasons: superb flavor combinations, a jaw-dropping view of the mountains at sunset, fantastic energy, and the best people-watching in the world. The annual by-invitation-only event was opened up to the public this year, which meant lots of crowds, but the opportunity to meet and eat with trendsetters still made it all worthwhile. Here, you'll get to know this year's Best New Chefs and their signature dishes.
Even though we were headed to Aspen before the crack of dawn this morning, last night we passed up packing in favor of the Star Chefs Rising Stars Revue, a traveling event that recognizes some of the most avant-garde culinary professionals in various cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, and our home base of San Francisco. Over a jaw-dropping view of the bay, we enjoyed vittles from various chefs, some of whom were just beginning to realize their own potential. To get a peek at what cutting-edge creations were served, keep reading.