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Rich in homegrown ingredients, nationally recognized chefs and a thriving maker culture, it's no wonder Bravo set its 15th season of "Top Chef" in breathtaking (and delicious) destinations in Colorado. Experience the highlights for yourself on this flavor-packed tour of the celebrated culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Telluride. Start your journey in the Mile High City.

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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Larimer Square Photo
Activity
Larimer Square

Victorian buildings house specialty boutiques, unique-concept dining and one-of-a-kind shops in the heart of Denver.

Lunch
Rioja

Cuisine featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products. Chef/owner Jennifer Jasinski, winner…

Activity
Rhein Haus Denver

Rhein Haus brings authentic German food and beer to downtown Denver. Try some traditional meals like Schnitzel and Spatzel with a pretzel on the…

Insider's Tip
Enjoy a Slice of Bavaria

Choose a European brew from the extensive beer list at Rhein Haus, where Keegan Gerhard (chef and owner of Denver’s D Bar Restaurant) brought the cheftestants to taste authentic German eats, and play bocce at one of the five indoor courts.

Dinner
Bar Dough
Bar Dough is an Italian kitchen that has an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a cozy neighborhood setting.
Activity
The Denver Central Market

Denver Central Market brings a gourmet food emporium and community meeting place to the heart of Colorado's capital city.

Insider's Tip
Sip & Savor

Pick up some mouthwatering, house-made confections at Temper Chocolates and belly up to the bar at Curio for a cocktail (we like the Fancypants, a blend of vodka, lime, bubbles and popping pearls).

Lodging
The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block
Discover handcrafted hospitality at the boldest new independent hotel in Downtown Denver's LoDo district. Make your move to The Maven Hotel at Dairy…
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2
Breakfast
Denver Milk Market
Denver Milk Market is an all-local mix of takeaway and dine-in restaurants and bars run by Colorado chef Frank Bonanno.
Activity
Savory Spice Shop
Savory Spice Shop offers a large variety of blends and spices. Our spices are ground fresh in weekly batches, so that we can offer the freshest…
Lunch
Comal Heritage Food Incubator

Comal is a lunch restaurant + training program started by Focus Points Family Resource Center. Its goal is to provide skills in culinary arts and…

Activity
Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

Initially built as a private residence in 1908 the house has been available for use by Governors since 1960, serving both as a family home and and…

Insider's Tip
Stroll Through History

Opt for a self-guided tour of the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion, where former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooker and his wife, Robin, hosted a challenge. 

Activity
54Thirty Rooftop Bar at Le Méridien
54thirty is Denver’s highest open-air, seasonal rooftop bar at Le Méridien Denver Downtown with a focus on crafted cocktails and globally inspired…
Insider's Tip
Enter Through the Pie Shop

Green Russell, the 1920s-style speakeasy owned by celebrated local chef and “Top Chef” guest judge Frank Bonanno, is situated within a pie shop in Larimer Square. Be sure to order a slice of fresh pie, if it’s available, and silence your cell phone (except inside the telephone booth).

Lodging
The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block
Discover handcrafted hospitality at the boldest new independent hotel in Downtown Denver's LoDo district. Make your move to The Maven Hotel at Dairy…
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3
Breakfast
Mercantile dining & provision

Offering Chef Alex Seidel's signature take on elevated comfort food, the restaurant follows in the footsteps of the award-winning Fruition…

Insider's Tip
DIY Boulder Farm Tour

Drive to Boulder, where your culinary adventure continues. Pick up a Farm Trail map from Boulder's Convention & Visitors Bureau to discover the county's bounty of local farmers and producers on your own.

Activity
Black Cat Organic Farm

Jill and Chef Eric Skokan have created an organic 425 acre farm located just outside of the city that now supplies the bounty of the restaurant, a…

Lunch
Rayback Collective

Situated in the heart of Boulder, the Rayback is a food park. A bar. An event space. A backyard party. More than 30 taps on deck & a rotating set…

Activity
Tour Boulder by Bike

Rent a cruiser from one of the more than 40 B-Cycle stations in the city and ride along the Boulder Creek Path, which follows the namesake waterway through town from Boulder Canyon to Valmont Reservoir. “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons explored some of the city’s trails with Bobby Stuckey, master sommelier/co-owner of Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine.

Dinner
Frasca Food & Wine

Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia…

Activity
Avery Brewing Company

We are dedicated to making beer from the inside out: we brew what we like to drink-with utter disregard for what the market demands-and search out…

Insider's Tip
Reserve a Tour

Guided tours of Avery Brewing's massive facility are offered Monday–Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 2 and 3:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Reserve your spot on their website: AveryBrewing.com.

Lodging
St Julien Hotel & Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado, sits at the base of the Flatiron Mountains and offers breathtaking…

Insider's Tip
Extend Your Trip After Boulder

If you have an extra day, make the trip to Estes Park Campground at East Portal near Rocky Mountain National Park or the Stanley Hotel — both sites of "Top Chef: Colroado" cooking challenges.

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4
Breakfast
Santo

Santo is inspired by Chef Hosea Rosenberg's home Taos, New Mexico, and its Northern New Mexican cuisine.

Insider's Tip
Grab Breakfast for the Drive to Aspen

"Top Chef" season 5 winner Hosea Rosenburg is the chef/owner of Boulder's Santo, which offers breakfast to-go Monday through Friday, 7am–11am — the perfect fuel for your drive from Boulder to Aspen.

Lunch
Ajax Tavern
The Tavern comes to life at lunch, and the party rolls on well into the night. If you go no further on the menu, try the truffle fries and Ajax…
Activity
T-Lazy-7 Ranch

Located in Aspen, Colorado the authentic T-Lazy-7 Ranch has been the jumping off point for a variety of adventure activities since 1938. T-Lazy-7…

Insider's Tip
Book a Fly-Fishing Excursion

Follow in the footsteps of the cheftestants, who were tasked with catching and cooking a fresh catch at T-Lazy-7 Ranch, by embarking on your own fly-fishing adventure at the stunning property. Guided fishing excursions at the ranch's private beaver ponds are hosted by the Little Nell Adventure Center.

Dinner
Element 47 (at The Little Nell)

Whether you ski in for lunch, drop in at the bar for a more casual rendezvous, or join us for the most special of occasions, you'll be greeted…

Activity
Red Light Lounge at the Little Nell

Those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime wine-tasting experience can book a coveted table at the Little Nell’s Red Light Lounge, hosted in the luxe hotel’s 22,000-bottle wine cellar. Enjoy a private cellar tasting, catered to your every need and hosted by a Little Nell sommelier. Once an invite-only activity, the tasting room is now available to just four to six guests at a time.

Lodging
The Little Nell

The Little Nell is the only ski in/ski out hotel in Aspen, and our cosmopolitan but intimate hotel has the most convenient access to mountains of…

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5
Breakfast
Cafe V

Jump start your morning in Café V with an Illy coffee, latte, cappuccino, hot tea, mocha, Americano, espresso and hot coco. If you are feeling a…

Insider's Tip
Grab Breakfast for the Drive to Telluride

Order an espresso and a smoked salmon or prosciutto and mozzarella panini to-go for the scenic drive from Aspen to Telluride.

Lunch
New Sheridan Chop House
Steak house bistro offering a selection of grilled prime steaks.
Activity
Alta Ghost Town

The center of mining activity in the Alta-Gold King area from 1877 to the late 1940s, Alta is situated about 10 miles from Telluride. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site includes several original buildings, including cabins, a boarding house and outhouse buildings — all of which look spectacular amid the idyllic high-alpine backdrop.

Insider's Tip
Savor Something From the Grill

Order the Dry-Aged Bone-In Bison Ribeye at New Sheridan Chop House. The dish was adored by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio — brothers who competed against each other on "Top Chef: Las Vegas" and served as guest judges on “Top Chef: Colorado.”

Dinner
221 South Oak

221 South Oak is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado.  Chef Eliza produces eclectic…

Activity
New Sheridan Bar
Dating from 1895, the Historic Bar is one of the oldest bars in the west and beloved by the locals. As Telluride’s best bar, it is here that we…
Lodging
Hotel Madeline Telluride

Hotel Madeline Telluride is nestled in the heart of Mountain Village, just a few feet from the complimentary gondola to Telluride. Its enviable…