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2020 Festival Talent


Alex Seidel

2018 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2017 Semifinalist, Best Chefs in America

2010 Food & Wine Mag Best New Chef

Chef/Owner Ms. Betty’s Cooking

Tajahi Cooke

Operator and Partner with Dine and Dash Group


Caroline Glover

2019 Food & Wine Best New Chef

2019 James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southwest

2017 Bon Appétit Best Restaurants in the Country for annette

25 Best Restaurants list every year since opening


Kelly Whitaker

2019 Bon Appetit named The Wolf’s Tailor one of American’s 10 Best New Restaurants on it’s “Hot 10” List

2019 James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southwest

2016 Denver Eater Chef of the Year (twice earned this recognition)

2016 #2 on “Denver’s 25 Best Restaurants” for Basta


Eric Skokan

2017 James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southwest

2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for Best American Cookbook: Farm, Fork, Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm


Daniel Asher

Certified Raw Foods Chef from the Living Light Culinary Institute in California

Executive Chef/Partner: River and Woods | Ash’Kara | Mother Tongue | Working Title | Tributary Food Hall

Chef/Founder: EcoChef Culinary

US Chef Ambassador for Albert Bartlett

Co-chair for the Chefs Collaborative Colorado Chapter

2018 Fine Dining Chef of the Year – United Fresh Produce Association

2015 Culinary Philanthropist – Colorado Restaurant Association


Laura Posiak

LAURA the Butcher

Facilitates butchery education and curriculum at Colorado Mountain College

Developer of ethical and sustainable meat consumption programs


Patrick Ayres

Culinary Director Destination Hospitality

Executive Sous Chef at the James Beard Award-winning Canlis Restaurant from 2010 until 2013

Executive Chef at High Lonesome Ranch

Co-owner & founder of Crafted Concepts

Beth Grutich

Restaurant recipient of AAA 4 Stars

Wine Spectator Award

5280 Magazine Top of the Town


Joe Campbell

Executive Chef of Mambo

Co-founder and Executive Chef of Bésame


Kevin Nashan

2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest

2014, 2016 Finalist James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest

Five-time James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist


Paul Reilly

James Beard Foundation Scholarship Winner

Ambassador of Good Food Movement

Owner/Executive Chef: beast + bottle, Coperta and Pizzeria Coperta


Paul Anders

Executive Chef/Partner Sweet Basil

Executive Chef/Partner Mountain Standard


Nick Winden

Head Chef at Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails and Creekside Cafe


Mark Stanford

1st Place, Peoples Choice, Knob Creek “Repeal Day” Old Fashioned Competition in Denver, CO 2017

Finalist in Tuaca’s Colorado’s “Bartender’s Cup”

Regional Semi-Finalist Herradura Tequila’s “Bar Legends” Competition

Regional Semi-Finalist in HeavenHill Distilleries “Bartender of the Year” Competition

Danny Sanchez


Danny Sanchez

Owner of Barracuda Cantina, Pescadero, Mexico

Agave Specialist

Master Mixologist

Wine Maker

Jon Schlegel

Co-Founder of Snooze A.M. Eatery

Founder of Attimo Wines

Master Sommelier

Brett Zimmerman

Owner, Boulder Wine Merchant

Chief Wine Officer, Integrated Beverage Group

Master Sommelier

Sean Razee

Master Sommelier (MS) – February 2008

Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma (DipWSET) – July 2011

Certified Sake Professional (CSP) – July 2012

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