Mountain Standard Takes Home Top Honors at the 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off at Taste of Vail

April 7, 2014 2:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting sponsored by the American Lamb Board took place on April 3 as part of the Annual Taste of Vail.  Sous Chef Christopher Schmidt from Mountain Standard won top honors for his Lamb Dogs with Za’atar Yogurt and Cucumber Relish. Second place went to Hooked and third place went to Zino Ristorante. The People’s Choice winner was Matsuhisa.

Chef Schmidt’s dish was inspired by the start of baseball season.  “We added some northern African/Middle Eastern flavors to a lamb hot dog,” he said. “It combines unfamiliar flavors in a familiar application.”   The lamb hot dog included several toppings as well as lamb bacon.  The judges gave top scores to the dish, recognizing that it was well executed and offered great accompaniments.

The event, held throughout the streets of Vail Village, showcased 22 of the area’s finest chefs preparing an array of innovative lamb dishes featuring Colorado lamb. Each tasting was complimented by participating wineries.

“American Lamb was showcased in diverse dishes – from lamb meatballs to lamb tamales to lamb ravioli,” said Megan Wortman, executive director of the Denver-based American Lamb Board. “The event is now in its 10th year and we are continually inspired by the interesting ways lamb leg meat is prepared and presented by these Vail Valley chefs.”

Additional restaurants that participated in the 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off include:

  • Atwater on Gore Creek
  • Beano’s Cabin
  • Bistro 14
  • Bol
  • Elway’s
  • Flame
  • Game Creek Restaurant
  • LaTour
  • Lord Gore
  • Restaurant Kelly Liken
  • Sweet Basil
  • Tavern on the Square
  • Terra Bistro
  • The 10th
  • The Metropolitan
  • Two Elk
  • Vin48
  • Wildwood Smokehouse



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