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Acclaimed Colorado Chef Caroline Glover Now James Beard Award Winner

(CBS4) - One of Colorado's best known chefs is officially a James Beard Foundation award winner. Caroline Glover, chef at Annette in Aurora, took home the Best Chef, Mountain award on Monday night.

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Glover was previously a nominee in the same category in 2020 and a semifinalist in 2018 and 2019.

During her acceptance speech, Glover called for restaurants to be treated as essential.

The James Beard Foundation Kicks Off The 2019-20 Taste America Presented By Official Banking And Credit Card Partner Capital One
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 24: Caroline Glover attends as The James Beard Foundation kicks off the 2019-20 Taste America, presented by official banking and credit card partner Capital One, with a tasting party in New York City celebrating sustainability and inclusivity with chefs from across the country. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for James Beard Foundation)

"Restaurants aren't a luxury, we're essential, and it's time for us to start being treated that way," she said.

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In 2019, Glover represented Colorado at the 2019 Food & Wine Classic as one of the magazine's 10 Best New Chefs. That same year, CBS4 spoke with Glover about her effort to keep the restaurant industry staffed.

She pays her staff the same wage with all tips split equally among workers, regardless if they're bartenders, dishwashers or wait staff.

The remaining four nominees in the Mountain category, which includes Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, were also all from Colorado. One of them is the current chef of Casa Bonita which was recently purchased by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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The nominees were:

  • Jose Avila, El Borrego Negro, Denver
  • Cody Cheetham,Tavernetta, Denver
  • Dana Rodriguez, Work & Class, Denver
  • Eric Skokan, Black Cat Farm Table Bistro, Boulder, CO

Colorado author Adrian Miller won in the Reference, History and Scholarship category for his book "Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue."

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