By Kevin Day
Last June, the Sundeck Restaurant — at the peak of our very own Aspen Mountain — played host to one of the most prestigious culinary competitions in the world.

Top Chef Season 15, the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning TV series on Bravo that annually pits 15 of America’s best up-and-coming chefs against one another, filmed their season finale at the beloved Sundeck.

Colorado played host to Season 15, with the chefs facing various culinary challenges across the state from Denver to Boulder to Estes Park to Telluride. As the field narrowed to three, the competition arrived at its final destination — Aspen — just in time for the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic.
The winner not only earns the coveted title of Top Chef (an honor that dramatically accelerates a chef’s career), but they also win $125,000 and a culinary showcase at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic — considered by many to be the most prestigious culinary event in North America.

For the first time in Top Chef’s history, the finale of one season took place at the same event as the showcase for last year’s winner.
Top Chef Season 15 Finale, at Sundeck, Aspen, CO
Top Chef Season 15 Finale, at Sundeck, Aspen, CO

As the host of the Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chefs dinner, the Sundeck always features prominently at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Last June, it also served as the kitchen and dining room for Top Chef’s final showdown.

We will all be tuning in to see who won the culinary head-to-head battle between chefs Adrienne Cheatham and Joseph Flamm. And of course, we look forward to seeing the winner again this upcoming June when they put their talents on display at the 2018 edition of the Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

The Top Chef Season 15 Finale aired on Bravo TV Thursday, March 8.

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