Many of the most respected chefs in the country came together for the 2011 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen over the weekend, including Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jonathan Waxman. The festival also functioned as a showcase for the magazine’s “Best New Chefs” issue, and all ten of the chefs were definitely on hand to celebrate. That said, everyone knows that the real pleasure comes from the other, unexpected sightings. You know, like watching Thomas Keller goof around with José Andrés, wondering whether Chris Cosentino is actually Ruth Bourdain, and admiring how Jacques Pépin can pop a Champagne cork like he just won the World Series.
Though the events were loaded with star power, none were exactly dripping with drama; from what we can tell, the festivities went on without a hitch. The big exception was the “Classic Quickfire” on Sunday, where Kevin Sbraga pulled off a surprising win against other Top Chef winners Richard Blais and Hosea Rosenberg.
You can check it all out for yourself by following along with our slideshow recap of the whole weekend.