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A tasty invitation

Cassie Pence
Preston Utley/putley@vaildaily.comDaniel Joly head chef at Maribelle's will be a guest chef in California for a special wine tasting event.

BEAVER CREEK – Chef Daniel Joly, stand up and take a bow.Joly, owner and executive chef of Mirabelle, has been invited as one of the guest chefs to the 19th annual Masters of Food and Wine, “the most prestigious” culinary celebration in North America.”When they asked me, I said ‘if I can taste some of the wine, than I’m coming,'” Joly said with a laugh at his fine dining restaurant located just inside the Beaver Creek gates in one of the area’s oldest buildings, a refurbished farm house. Partnered with Wine Spectator, the four-day event beginning Thursday takes place at Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, located along the coastline of Carmel, Calif. The Masters, as it is appropriately called, features rare vertical wine tastings, unique culinary demonstrations by acclaimed chefs and extravagant gala luncheons and dinners. The festival culminates at the Rarities Dinner, a true culinary experience with a price tag of $3,500 per person, featuring an eight-course dinner matched with 22 wine selections of rare vintages – the wines that had perked Joly’s interest – like the Arthur Barolet and Fils, Corton 1934 and the Chateau Margauz 1928, Medoc. Gerard Boyer will be one of the guest chefs preparing the meal, a name, Joly said, that can make some food lovers shake in their seat.

“This is a very high-profile event. It’s famous for the international attendance and top-notch national chefs,” Shaun Doty said, who will be acting as Joly’s assistance for the event. Doty worked for Joly for several years before opening his own restaurant, Mid City Cuisine, in Atlanta, Ga.Joly and Doty will prepare 12 signature dishes from Mirabelle, bite-size, to feature at the Masters grand tasting. Joly will also conduct a live cooking demonstration during the four days. Joly is no stranger to performing in front of a crowd. He’s taped many cooking shows in the Bon Appetit outdoor kitchen at Beaver Creek and has also hosted a cooking show on TV8 called “Cooking with Daniel.””I don’t get intimidated by live demonstrations. Some people have it and some people don’t,” he said.Joly wasn’t sure exactly why he was selected for the Masters, but said Mirabelle has a great reputation. The Mobile Travel Guide recently awarded the restaurant a four-star rating.”Daniel has a culinary gift. He has a tremendous passion about every facet of the business. He’s a gifted marketer, gifted operationer, gifted purchaser. But with all these hats he wears to run a restaurant, he keeps it real by continuing to cook in Mirabelle’s kitchen. He doesn’t forget that he’s a culinary,” said Doty.The cuisine at Mirabelle reflects Joly’s Belgium and French heritage, featuring signature dishes like warm sweetbreads with fois gras and dover sole fillet with white asparagus sabayon and pommes persillees.

Joly grew up in Belgium, where he followed his passion into the kitchen at age 14. He was quickly named the best young chef in Belgium and then moved to the United States, landing in South Carolina and then settling in the Vail Valley, helping to make Beaver Creek one of the state’s top culinary destinations.Joly thinks the organizers of the Masters Food and Wine took notice of him because of Beaver Creek’s relationship with Bon Appetit. Together the resort and the magazine host culinary events throughout the seasons, bringing guest chefs in from all over the country and the world to see Beaver Creek’s blooming culinary culture.”Tony O’Rourke should be happy because I think the relationship between Bon Appetit and Beaver Creek is really paying off. Not everybody knows that we have wonderful food in Colorado. It helps all the chefs in the valley when one of us goes to an event like this,” Joly said.Joly is excited to rub elbows with other renown chefs. In the restaurant business, he said, there’s always something new to learn.”It’s the way you stay competitive,” he said.But there is one characteristic all the chefs at the event share. There’s only one way you are good enough to make it to the Masters.

“You have to have a lot of love for what you are doing,” said Joly.For more information on Mirabelle, call 949-7728.Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado

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