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Highlights from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic

At the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, the chance of bumping into a celebrity chefs is a great as the abundance of amazing food to sample. But with prices starting at a whopping $1,225 each, only the privileged could sit in on demonstrations led by household names. Here's a peak at some of the best moments.

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Ideal weather and scenery greeted people with the pricey passes to Grand Tastings

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Main Street Bakery Cafe in Aspen.  Locals and visitors may bump into a celebrity, in town for the classic

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Michael Symon (left) and Bobby Flay (right), signing books

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Emeril Lagasse stands for television interview outside the Grand Tasting tents

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Visitors are asked to take one wine glass per customer for the tastings, much to our disappointment.

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Macaroons at Turks & Caicos table

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Pistachio truffles at the Godiva booth

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Shrimp cooked in broken chili sauce with black barley and grapefruit

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Beef short rib sandwiches In the Kitchen with David, QVC television host

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Tomatillo gazpacho with shrimp marinated in lime and mezcal topped with chilli peanuts and fresh avocado

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Certified Angus strip steak with quinoa lentil salad with micro arugala and Cayman sea salt

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Chef Cheng of Hong Kong restaurant Celebrity Cuisine (this was his first time in the U.S.)

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Tables ready for opening of the Chefs Club restaurant at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen

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Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman chills the Champagne bottle before sabering ritual at St. Regis hotel

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Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio, who appear together on Bravo's Top Chef, pose for fans

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Andrew Zimmern mingles and greets guests at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party

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Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali pose in Batali's kitchen area

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In the Kitchen with David QVC television host David Venable poses with his likeness

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The scene is set for guests to perch on bales of hay at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party

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Guests had the choice to sit, stand or mingle with beautiful views of Aspen area mountains

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Some of the swag in the media bag for the FOOD & Wine Classic. items included measuring cup/spoon set, Vinturi aeration, Louisiana's Crystal Hot Sauce, a pass to The Green Room at The Little Nell Residences and much more!

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Highlights from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic

At the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, the chance of bumping into a celebrity chefs is a great as the abundance of amazing food to sample. But with prices starting at a whopping $1,225 each, only the privileged could sit in on demonstrations led by household names. Here's a peak at some of the best moments.

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