13th Annual Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic Presented by Bon Appétit Brings the Heat to the Snowy Slopes

15 December 2010
**Beaver Creek Resort and Bon Appétit magazine partner to host world-class culinary event**
Beaver Creek, Colo. – December 15, 2010Bon Appétit and Beaver Creek Resort will join forces Jan. 27 – 29, 2011 for the much-anticipated 13th Annual Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic. Highlights of the three-day epicurean affair include an awe-inspiring Master Chef Challenge at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village, intimate cooking classes, an après-ski cocktail seminar and a Grand Tasting at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. With world-class skiing and epicurean festivities in such close proximity, attendees can ski exhilarating vertical runs in the morning and sample delectable cuisine in the evening. The Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic is highly-anticipated by both ski enthusiasts and food lovers alike, as it marks the first celebration of the year where two favorite pastimes join forces to “peak” the palate.
 
“We look forward to our 13th year of collaboration with Beaver Creek Resort for this destination culinary venture,” said Paul Jowdy, vice president and publisher of Bon Appétit. “This upscale destination with world class ski terrain sets the perfect backdrop for top chefs to lure epicureans. Every year is fresh and exciting, and this year is truly special with a terrific roster of chefs and events. We also are proud that a portion of the proceeds supports the Bright Future Foundation, a local organization that works to prevent domestic violence. ”
 
Celebrated Beaver Creek chefs will be joined by the following guest chefs selected by Bon Appétit magazine:
 
John Besh – Chef: August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, American Sector, and Domenica (New Orleans)
Joey Campanaro – Chef/Owner, The Little Owl (New York); Chef, Kenmare (New York), Owner, Market Table (New York), Village Bele (Philadelphia)
Stephanie Izard – Executive Chef/ Partner, Girl & The Goat (Chicago)
François Payard – Pastry Chef, FPB (New York, Las Vegas, Japan and Korea), Payard, François Chocolate Bar
Jacques Van Staden – Chef, London Club (Las Vegas); Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises
Jose Garces – Executive Chef, Mercat a la Planxa (Chicago); Owner/ Executive Partner, Garces Restaurant Group (collection of restaurants in Philadelphia)
Marco Canora – Co-Owner/Chef, Hearth and Terroir (New York); Finalist on “Next Iron Chef”
 
Due to an overwhelming response last year, the 2011 Classic features additional Master Chef cooking classes, allowing participants to get up close and personal with some of the hottest chefs in the industry. Bon Appétit’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton will be in attendance.
 
“We are happy to partner with Bon Appétit again this year to bring these talented chefs to Beaver Creek,” said Tim Baker, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company. “This stunning setting combined with our sophisticated culinary scene and renowned service makes for the perfect location for the exciting Master Chef Classic.”
 
Master Chef Classic lodging event packages are available starting at $522 per person, which includes two nights of lodging, two days of lift tickets and one ticket each for the Master Chef Challenge and the Grand Tasting. This package is available Jan. 27-31, 2011. Additional lodging options are available and additional restrictions may apply. Event-only ticket packages are also available including a Master Chef Package for $475, which provides one ticket to the Master Chef Dinner, Master Chef Challenge, Grand Tasting, one Seminar (choice of Chophouse/Wine Seminar or Osprey/Cocktail Seminar) and one Cooking Class (Marco/Splendido or Joey/Park Hyatt). The VIP package is $575 and includes the Master Chef Package offerings plus early admittance to the Grand Tasting for exclusive access to the Chefs. The Just a Taste Package for $165 includes tickets for the Master Chef Challenge and the Grand Tasting. A portion of proceeds from the Master Chef dinner on Jan. 27 benefits the Bright Future Foundation. To purchase tickets and for information on lodging packages, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/masterchefclassic or call (800) 404-3535 (lodging packages) or (888) 920-ARTS (event tickets only).
 
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About Beaver Creek Resort
Beaver Creek is home to some of the West’s most celebrated Rocky Mountain restaurants and pioneer chefs. The resort is located just 25 miles east of Vail / Eagle County Airport offering nonstop jet service from 12 major U.S. destinations. Visit Beavercreek.com. Follow Beaver Creek on Twitter @BeaverCreekMtn. Like Beaver Creek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beavercreek.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and the consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Laura Davidson Public Relations
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Frederika Brookfield
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Tel: 760-992-4084
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