Prominent Colorado-based chef and owner Kelly Liken will make a special appearance on Esquire Network’s popular original hit series “Knife Fight” hosted by Ilan Hall to air 10/9 central
Celebrated chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, located in Vail, CO, will appear on the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight” for its newest season and a Rocky Mountain battle unlike any other. In this episode Kelly is overheard saying “….there is no prize for second place, this is all about bragging rights.”
Hosted by Ilan Hall, who Liken first met while filming Bravo TV “Top Chef” season 7 where she made it to the finale episode filmed in Singapore, this underground cooking competition brings together some of the nation’s leading chefs including James Beard Award winners and Michelin star chefs within a raw setting where no rules apply.  Pitted against fellow Colorado chef Steve Redzikowski of Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth, Liken, described as the queen of seasonal American cuisine, brings her game, no-holds-barred, as she is challenged to cook with three secret ingredients.
The crowd at The Gorbals, located in Los Angeles where Knife Fight is filmed, goes wild as Liken is challenged to cook with three secret ingredients: beef heart, wild dandelion greens, and lastly Santa Barbara Spot Prawns–? all under one hour. Liken starts off proposing three dishes she plans to prepare, including a beef tartare that features the dandelion greens, to present to the judges including Naomi Pomeroy and Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, along with host Ilan Hall. Liken announces a second dish that will be a Southeast Asian inspired item followed by a braised beef heart on a crispy sope. America can expect surprising twists and turns throughout the half-hour episode. This hit original series is described as an after-hours war zone and America will see who takes home the win for “Battle Colorado.”
James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southwest (2009, 2010, 2011), Liken’s enthusiasm and passion for utilizing ingredients unique to the Rocky Mountain region is exemplified in her extraordinary seasonal American fare and customized tasting menus, as well as her attention to detail. Liken works with local farmers, ranchers, and artisan purveyors—many of whom supply ingredients especially grown for the restaurant—to develop a culinary program that reflects the seasonal bounty of Colorado. Liken has appeared on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and Season 7 of Bravo’s “Top Chef D.C,” CBS “The Talk,” as well as has been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and The New York Times. Restaurant Kelly Liken is located in the Gateway Building at 12 Vail Rd. at the entrance to Vail Village and is open for dinner seven nights a week from 6 ? 10 p.m. For reservations, which are strongly recommended, call 970.479.0175. Valet parking is provided. Visit www.kellyliken.com for additional information and follow Liken on Twitter and Instagram.
KNIFE FIGHT is produced for Esquire Network by Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. For Flower Films, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are executive producers; co-executive producers are Ember Truesdell, Chris Miller and Kelly Smith. For Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and J.C. Begley are executive producers with M.J. Loheed as co-executive producer. Ilan Hall, Rich Kim, and Kevin Johnston are executive producers.

For additional information about KNIFE FIGHT, visit http://esquiretv.com/KnifeFight, follow on Twitter @KnifeFightESQ and “like” on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KnifeFightESQ.



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