A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night

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This year's Friends dinner was hosted by the Westin Kierland's culinary team of talent, Chefs Douglas Rodriguez, Todd Berry, and Roberto Madrid. The team roster was rounded out by visiting chefs Roberto Donna-La Forchetta Trattoria, Michael Ginor-Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Susur Lee-Lee, Levi Mezick-1833, Nancy Silverton-Mozza, and Dahlia Narvaez-Mozza. Hometown favorite Chrysa Robertson was also in the back of the house with Silverton, whom she worked with at Campanile.

Chef Madrid set the expectations high during the reception hour with nuevo latino flavors, exciting the palate for the multi-course meal to come.

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