Vail Valley chef earns new awards for his hot sauce |

Vail Valley chef earns new awards for his hot sauce

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Michael Connolly, owner of Red Canyon Spice, the company that produces a variety of hot sauces, spices and ketchups, recently earned two new awards for his already award-winning hot sauce.

The first award came from the 2013 Zestfest panel of judges which awarded Red Canyon Spice a first place Golden Chile award in the medium temperature hot sauce category for its “Raptor” original hot sauce.

The second award came from the Fiery Foods Show in Albuquerque, N.M., held annually in late February. Red Canyon Spice took a third place finish in the medium temperature category after reeling in a first place finish last year. The Fiery Foods Show is the Nation’s largest chile and barbecue festival.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized, given the amount of entries each event receives. As much as our product line continues to grow, our hot sauces continue to be a fan favorite,” Connolly said.

Connolly has been cooking for more than 25 years around the country including the Vail Valley at places including Cordillera and, more recently, Adam’s Rib Ranch. Red Canyon Spice is based in Gypsum and products can be purchased locally at Lionshead General Store, Kitchen Collage, the Edwards Markets at Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Visitors Center or online at

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