A great meal in a mountain town used to mean a decent burger. But now top chefs—like these five masters from Colorado—are realizing that there's no better pairing than fine cuisine and high-altitude fun.
Mark Fischer has ridden the Leadville 100 on a single-speed (twice), skied from Crested Butte to Aspen in the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, and finished two Ironman triathlons. But he's received the most recognition in the kitchen. Not only has the James Beard Foundation Award–nominated chef founded two of Carbondale's most beloved restaurants, Six89 and Phat Thai; he's also largely credited for energizing the eat-local movement in the Roaring Fork Valley, thanks to Six89's weekly "100-mile" (as in radius) dinners. "Nine times out of ten, what we can buy right here is gonna taste better than that which comes freighted from some other time zone," says the 52-year-old Fischer. Next up: This December, Fischer plans to open an American eatery, the Pullman, in Glenwood Springs.
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