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Hosea Rosenberg Wins the Classic Quickfire in Aspen

A Look at the Food & Wine Classic Quickfire

The final event at the Food & Wine Classic features the current winner of Top Chef on Sunday morning. Normally it's a cook-off between the cheftestant and an acclaimed chef like Jacques Pepin. However, this year they decided to do something different and pit two Top Chefs, Stephanie Izard and Hosea Rosenberg, against each other. The chefs were given 25 minutes to create a gourmet breakfast for Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio, Dana Cowin, and a lucky audience-member who bid $15,000 to act as a guest judge. Want to know what went down at the quickfire? Keep reading.

After video introductions, Stephanie and Hosea drew knives to find out who their sous chefs would be. "Ladies first," Hosea said, as Stephanie pulled the knife with the name Ming Tsai on it — leaving Hosea Jacques Pepin. Next, hostess Sissy Biggers told them to create a breakfast of champions using ingredients left over from the weekend's demonstrations. Both chefs got busy making cocktails and crafting dishes.

Team Steph made a breakfast pizza with a fried egg and lobster, while Hosea and Jacques crafted a lobster-spinach-poached-egg dish. In the end, Jacques's lobster was superior to Stephanie's. "There's a man who shows a crustacean proper respect," Dana Cowin said, declaring Hosea's team the winner.


To get a glimpse of the excitement, browse the photos below.

The stage is set.

Classic Quickfire!


The crowd waits excitedly.

Sissy Biggers makes the introductions.


The judges: Gail, Tom, and Dana.


Hosea Rosenberg

The time is set.

"Your challenge is to make a breakfast of champions."

Ready, set, go!

Ming shakes up a mean cocktail.


Jacques gets down to business.

Presenting dishes.

The crowd weighs in. Stephanie is green and Hosea is yellow.

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No it was Jacques who made the lobster. It was hysterical because he kept plating five minutes after the time was up!
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