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Take the ultimate food tour through the Centennial State to restaurants run by cheftestants from the Bravo series.

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
February 02, 2018

The announcement that season 15 of Top Chef would be set in Colorado almost seemed long overdue, given the state’s continuing prominence on the culinary scene. (Not to mention, it’s the location of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, part of the prize package!) For proof of Colorado's pedigree, you needn't look any further than the number of cheftestants, current and former, that have restaurants in the state, as well as the guest judges appearing on season 15 of the reality competition. Here's our list of where you can experience a taste from your favorite TV chefs in real life.

Bar Dough in Denver, CO—Carrie Baird, Season 15

Colorado-based Baird has been on a bit of winning streak with her imaginative and often last-minute ideas that end up earning her spots at the top of this season's challenges. For that reason alone, it's probably worth checking out her work as executive chef at this wood-fired pizza spot featuring small plates and handmade pasta.

Bar Dough 2227 W 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211—(720) 668-8506

Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs, CO—Brother Luck, Season 15

Brother Luck may have been sent packing, but he's still sticking it out in Last Chance Kitchen. Drawing on his eclectic palate, Luck says the concept is based on the "four key people who I need to work with to source amazing ingredients: hunters, gatherers, farmers and fishermen."

Four by Brother Luck 321 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903—(719) 434-2741

Departure in Denver, CO—Gregory Gourdet, Season 12

Gourdet made it all the way to the final round of season 12 in Boston, but losing to Mei Lin didn't slow him down, as he brought his Asian-influenced Departure concept from Portland to Denver.

Departure 249 Columbine St., Denver, CO 80206—(720) 772-5020

221 South Oak in Telluride, CO—Eliza Gavin, Season 10

Top Chef season 10 contestant, Gavin's restaurant is located in a historic home and features a menu that sports housemade, well, pretty much everything.

221 South Oak 221 S Oak St., Telluride, CO 81435—(970) 728-9507

Blackbelly in Boulder, CO—Hosea Rosenberg, Season 5

Lamb t-bone, Romanesco, Braised onion 😋

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Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg actually has a mini-empire of Boulder-based restaurants, including the Colorado cuisine-focused Blackbelly and New Mexico-inspired Santo.

Blackbelly 1606 Conestoga St., Boulder, CO 80301—(303) 247-1000

Rioja in Denver, CO—Jen Jasinski, Top Chef Masters

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Jasinski not only competed on the Masters edition of the series, she also stops by as a guest on season 15 as proprietor of a growing stable of area restaurants which began with Mediterranean eatery Rioja in Larimer Square.

Rioja 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202—(303) 820-2282

Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, CO—Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Top Chef Masters

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Another Top Chef Masters competitor, MacKinnon-Patterson's Frasca meny is influenced by the cuisine of northern Italy.

Frasca Food & Wine 1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302—(303) 442-6966