Vail chef Kelly Liken set for battle on Iron Chef America |

Vail chef Kelly Liken set for battle on Iron Chef America

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail restauranteur and chef Kelly Liken makes her Food Network debut May 9

VAIL – Executive Chef Kelly Liken who owns her eponymous restaurant in Vail will appear as a challenger on the Food Network’s hit culinary competition show “Iron Chef America,” airing at 9 p.m. (EST) on May 9.

“It was a tremendous honor to be selected as a Kitchen Stadium contender,” Liken says. “It’s been one of my longtime dreams to compete on the show, and I hope our fans enjoy watching me battle it out.”

In addition to a viewing party for friends and family hosted at the restaurant, Liken will also be featuring a prix fixe “Iron Chef Tasting Menu,” offering fans of the show and diners a taste of the menu she prepared for the “Iron Chef America” battle. Each item on this special menu will be inspired by the dishes Liken created on the show, complete with the featured “secret ingredient.”

This comes on the heels of several exciting projects for Liken, including a recent appearance on the CBS News’ “Chef on a Shoestring” segment, a feature in the cookbook “COCO: 10 World Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs,” published by Phaidon Press, and a partnership with the Vail Valley Foundation to help develop an edible schoolyard garden and greenhouse project for Brush Creek Elementary School. This program will focus on teaching children about the importance of food choices and enhancing classroom studies with experiential learning that will be integrated into an applied curriculum, among numerous other beneficial opportunities for the school.

Restaurant Kelly Liken is located in the Gateway Building at 12 Vail Rd. at the entrance to Vail Village and is open for dinner seven nights a week from 6 to 10 p.m. For reservations, which are strongly recommended, call 970-479-0175. Valet parking is provided. Visit the Web site at for additional information. Interested parties may also keep up with high-altitude happenings via the Facebook, page or by following Liken on Twitter at

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