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Mirabelle’s chef Daniel Joly will act as judge at European culinary challenge

Mirabelle chef and owner Daniel Joly, shown here at a local food event, is in Europe this week judging at the Taittinger Champagne Culinary Challenge
Matt Power | Special to the Daily |

BRUSSELS — Belgian-born master chef Daniel Joly, owner and chef at Beaver Creek Resort’s Mirabelle Restaurant, was recently chosen as one of the seven Belgian top culinary judges of the 48th annual Taittinger Champagne Culinary Challenge, featuring the most esteemed master chefs from Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium. The competition took place Wednesday, with the finals occurring in Paris in November.

Contestants are judged on creativity, presentation, timing and, of course, taste as they attempt to win the most exclusive culinary trophy in Europe. The judges are comprised of Michelin chefs and culinary art ambassadors. Joly is the only American-based judge on the 14-chef panel.

The Taittinger culinary completion was created in 1967 by Claude Taittinger in homage to his father, the founder and patriarch of Taittinger Champagne. Taittinger, a legendary gastronome, created the event to support culinary arts in Europe and to celebrate haute cuisine from France. The Taittinger is one of the grandest in all of Europe and is hosted by the storied Taittinger family at the Institut Emile Gryzon-Ceria in Brussels.


Joly studied at the Culinary Institute of Brussels and trained at Michelin Guide three-star restaurant Comme Chez Soi prior to moving to the United States in 1988. He worked at the Relais & Chateaux Restaurant Million, in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Beaver Creek to become chef and manager at Mirabelle Restaurant. Joly and his wife, Nathalie, purchased Mirabelle in 1999.

Joly is one of the only Belgian master chefs currently working in the United States. Joly is also a member and ambassador of the prestigious Euro-Toques and brand ambassador for the Belgian beer Stella Artois.

Joly’s latest project is http://www.chef joly.com, a website that allows guests and fans to follow him in his culinary adventures.

For more information, visit http://www.Mirabelle1.com.

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