Photo by Kim Long/ American Forecaster
Boulder’s Frasca restaurant hosted a viewing party July 15 to watch an episode of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters featuring chef and co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. He watches himself onscreen above with his daughter, Lydia. On the eatery’s tiny patio friends of the restaurant gathered to sip wine and nibble on house-baked grissini and prosciutto, mixed olives and roasted nuts. Among those in attendance: Tavio Laudisio of Laudisio Ristorante, Mathew Jansen of Radda and Mateo, Sylvia Tawse of the Fresh Ideas Group, and chef Ann Cooper who is revamping the fare in Boulder’s school cafeterias. In the end, Lachlan lost the chef competition but losing meant that we don’t have to watch this especially inane show next week. Besides, $3,000 was donated to Denver’s Children’s Hospital. If you’re keeping count, that means that four Boulder/Denver chefs have been involved in Top Chef shows in the past two years including Frank Bonanno (Mizuna/Luca d’Italia/Osteria Marco/Bones), Melinda Harrison (Happy Noodle House), and Hosea Rosenberg (Jax Fish House) who won Top Chef this season. You can read my interview with Rosenberg in the current issue of Edible Front Range Magazine.