If you head out to dinner tonight and the chef seems a little groggy, it's entirely possible that he or she is still recovering from this past weekend's Food & Wine Classic. The annual event, now in its 30th year, was as successful as ever. Chefs like Thomas Keller, Bobby Flay, Marcus Samuelsson, and many others hit Aspen for plenty of parties and tastings, an Elvis Costello show, and even something virtuous: an early morning 5K run. Check out all the highlights in our slideshow, straight ahead.
Past Best New Chefs and inaugural menu architects for the Chefs Club: Alex Seidel of Fruition (Denver, CO), George Mendes of Aldea (New York City), James Lewis of Bettola (Birmingham, AL) and Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's (New Orleans).
Andrew Zimmern dips Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin on the Welcome Reception’s green carpet.
Chefs Grant Achatz, Ming Tsai, and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
Andrew Zimmern, Giada Di Laurentiis, and José Andres (and sausage) during the Wines of Spain paella party.
Chefs Bobby Flay and Marcus Samuelsson lead the pack during Friday morning’s Charity 5K benefiting Wholesome Wave.
Jacques Pépin shows the crowd how to transform a tomato into a flower.
2012 Best New Chef Dan Kluger plates his dish of sautéed corn, manchego, jalapeño, and lime.
Top Chef Contestant Ed Lee mans the Red Boat Fish Sauce station.
Chef Daniel Joly (Mirabelle Restaurant) preps his scallop dish for the Stella Artois press luncheon.
Chef Joly’s scallop dish.
Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons during their Salty & Sweet demo.
Two Michelin-starred Chief chef Kam-Fu Cheng (Celebrity Cuisine, Hong Kong) presents a baked oyster while manning the Hong Kong Tourism Board station.
The tasting pavilion in full swing.
José Andres, Emeril Lagasse, Andrew Zimmern, and Bobby Flay atop the mountain for the Publisher’s Party.
The New Orleans-themed Publisher’s party was catered by chefs John Besh and Emeril Lagasse.
Emeril’s soft shell crab sandwich.
Chefs Grant Achatz, Thomas Keller, and Tom Colicchio hosed the Conversation with Chefs Panel alongside Dana Cowin.
Nobu Matsuhisa and Ming Tsai.
Top Chef Winner Paul Qui judges the Whole Foods National Fishmonger Face-Off.
The first National Fishmonger Face-Off at the Limelight Hotel.
Best New Chef Danny Grant and RIA General Manager Brian O’Connor chat with Thomas Keller.
Drew Nieporent feeds José Andres some ribs (prepared by Chef Michel Mischan).
The legendary Jacques Pépin picnicking in the park.
Twitter addict Andrew Zimmern poses for a pic with Chef Tim Love and his wife.
A concert with Elvis Costello celebrates the festival's 30th year.
Chefs Jacques Pépin and Jean-Claude Szurdak challenge (and eventually win) face-off against Bobby Flay and Michael Symon in Sunday’s Classic Cook-Off.
Chef Michael Symon almost burned the house down (check out the damage on the mirror above the stove).
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