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'Knife fights' transform Springs culinary scene

'Knife fights' transform Springs culinary scene

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's a battle of brains and risk with a sharp edge.

Every week chef Brother Luck, of Brother Luck Street Eats in Colorado Springs, hosts a "knife fight" in his kitchen.

Based on a TV show with the same name, knife fights are changing the face of the culinary scene in Colorado Springs.

On Monday nights, Luck invites two local chefs to his kitchen for a culinary duel.  Luck picks a secret ingredient that showcases local products then hands over his kitchen to the chefs.  They have one hour to cook as many dishes as they choose, highlighting the secret ingredient and also their personal style.

"It started as a joking around between chefs and it's grown into something we never thought it would," Luck said.  "It's insane. It's fast. It's for beer and bragging rights."

Luck picks three judges from the crowd who ultimately decide the winner.

But win or lose, Luck hopes it keeps chefs on their toes and diners excited to try Colorado Springs restaurants.

"As young professionals, this is just one of those cities that we see as up and coming," Luck said.  "Doing things like knife fight are helping with the social scene to help retain young professionals in the Springs."

KRDO NewsChannel 13 captured a knife fight between chef Ryan Doolin, a line cook at The Blue Star, and chef Jared Wilkerson, a sous chef at The Rabbit Hole.  Watch the battle in the video player above.

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