Executive Chef Michael Wilganowski Wins Second Consecutive Beaver Creek Master Chef Challenge

For the second consecutive year, Executive Chef Michael Wilganowski of The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort, has won the Beaver Creek Master Chef Challenge, presented by Bon Appétit  magazine. The Iron-Chef-style cooking competition was held on January 26, 2011 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Chef Wilganowski was paired with Joey Companaro of The Little Owl, Market Table and Kenmare restaurants in New York. The team defended Chef Wilganoski's title as they battled against Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat) and Jay McCarthy (Beaver Creek Chophouse), Jacques Van Staden (Celebrity Cruises) and Steven Topple (Beano's Cabin), and Jose Graces (Amada, Tinto, Chifa, Distrito) and Marchall Blanchard (D'Oro). Each team was given a surprise ingredient and 20 minutes to create winning dishes. A Bon Appétit host provided play-by-play coverage while guests enjoyed complimentary sips, bites and samples.

Chef Wilganowski has 14 years experience in the culinary industry. Before starting his tenure as executive chef at The Osprey in 2008, he oversaw food and beverage operations at Trappers Cabin as executive chef at this private mountain retreat. Previously, he was executive chef of Perry’s Grill and Steakhouse in Houston, Texas, where he fine-tuned his expertise in classic American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare. He also held tenures at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Colo., and The Houstonian Hotel, Texas.
 
The Osprey Lounge offers a tapas-style menu and a sophisticated urban dining experience served in a world-class mountain setting. Wilganowski’s vision for the seasonal menu creates a global fusion concept that incorporates multi-cultural cuisine and techniques. Dishes utilize ingredients that are sustainable, often organic and locally grown. The restaurant is located in the lobby area and complemented by a hand-selected wine list. Menu items include Fried Avocado and Chipotle Cream, Marinated Ahi Tuna Tostada, Prime Ribeye Cheese Quesadilla and Lobster Nachos.
 
Redefining slopeside style, The Osprey at Beaver Creek opened in December 2008. The Osprey offers sophisticated alpine-chic design, 47 luxurious accommodations, a hotspot social scene, and posh-yet-playful services and amenities. Hotel service highlights include après ski mixology lessons, a Wii entertainment center in the lobby lounge, personal ski valets to cater to guests’ every whim, and a pool deck with outdoor lounge seating, a fire pit and full bar service.
 
For more information about The Osprey at Beaver Creek, visit WWW.ROCKRESORTS.COM or call 866-614-ROCK (7625).
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The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort:
Redefining slopeside style, The Osprey at Beaver Creek is the closest ski-in/ski-out hotel to a chairlift in North America. The Osprey offers sophisticated alpine-chic design, 47 luxurious accommodations, a hotspot social scene, and posh-yet-playful services and amenities. Its trendy Osprey Lounge offers custom cocktails and a tapas-style menu with options such as lobster nachos and deep fried snicker bars. Hotel service highlights include après ski mixology lessons, a Wii entertainment center in the lobby lounge, personal ski valets to cater to guests’ every whim, and a pool deck with outdoor lounge seating, a fire pit and full bar service.

For more information, including reservations, please visit beavercreekresortproperties.com or call 800-752-7920. Follow The Osprey at Beaver Creek on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheOspreyAtBeaverCreek.
 
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