Kelly Liken officially owns the bragging rights for her Tuesday night appearance and bout on  
Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight” hosted by Ilan Hall on September 23
Renowned chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, located in Vail, CO, took home the win in last night’s Esquire Network “Knife Fight”–season two of the original hit series and badass cooking competition. The “Battle Colorado” face-off  had Liken head-to-head with fellow Colorado chef Steve Redzikowski, of Oak at Fourteenth. The episode started off with a drink of whiskey handed to Kelly from a guest, and exciting twists and turns ensued. Thrilling excerpts from the episode included a cut on Liken’s hand before she turned out two simple and straight-forward dishes that embody the essence of Kelly’s approach at her eponymous restaurant in the world-class town of Vail.
Early in the episode Liken states she will be making three dishes with the secret ingredients including beef heart, live Santa Barbara spot prawns, and wild dandelion greens. The crowd’s response to Liken’s decapitation method of prepping the live spot prawns is mixed until the dishes are presented to the judges ?? Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland, OR, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, along with host Ilan Hall. Liken is no stranger to cooking under pressure in the kitchen, having run her own restaurant for just over ten years in addition to appearances on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” The two dishes that earned Liken the win and bragging rights for Knife Fight’s “Battle Colorado” included a Beef Heart Tartare served with dandelion greens and a Southeast Asian Style Shrimp Broth that featured all three ingredients including raw and thinly sliced beef heart, live spot prawns layered at the bottom of the bowl, mixed in with lotus root, and crimini mushrooms, and dandelion greens. “I was proud to represent Colorado,” says Liken. “Steve brought a great game and it was a lot of fun to cook in such a exciting setting.”
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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