Executive Chef Brian Puett of the Metate Room Restaurant in Mesa Verde, Colorado was awarded a Culinary Excellence Award in the second quarter of 2012 in part for his mission to preserve the area’s culinary tradition while adding his own contemporary spin. Puett’s goal is not only to meet the increased expectations of Mesa Verde national park visitors, but to go easy on the environment and do as much business as possible with the locals.
According to the IFWTWA member journalist who nominated Chef Puett, Chef's preparation uses innovative and cutting edge techniques; the combination of ingredients is well balanced in terms of flavor profile and texture. The presentation is creative, appetizing and aesthetically pleasing. Chef Puett was commended on his exemplary use of sustainable sources (i.e. locally sourced, organic ingredients)
Brian Puett graduated from the Denver School of Culinary Arts and decided to stay in the local outdoors/small town area instead of heading for NY or LA. Puett describes his cuisine as contemporary Southwestern, with a philosophical bent toward traditional and sustainable local ingredients. “Colorado is a natural land of bounty,” Puett points out. “The Ancestral Puebloans began cultivating the Mesa Verde region 1,400 years ago, growing corn, beans, and other Southwestern staples and taking advantage of the native animal population.”
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