5 questions with Drew Nieporent

Restaurant Hospitality editor Mike Sanson attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 18-21. The event attracts more than 5,000 attendees, celebrated chefs, wine makers and spirits experts. A component of the festival is several trade panels designed specifically for restaurant operators. Sanson’s focus was on covering those trade panels and interviews with top chefs and industry experts attending the event. • See more Owner Interviews

RH: Drew, you’ve been coming to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for a long time. Why?

Nieporent: I believe it’s been more than 25 years. In 1989, Debra Ponsek, the chef of my first restaurant, Montrachet, was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef. Since then I’ve been coming back because Aspen is one of the most beautiful places in America and I love to meet all the young, new chefs who are presented here.

RH: You’ve come

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