2020 Talent


Alex Seidel

Food & Wine Magazine – Best New Chef

James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist Best Chef Southwest

James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southwest


Hosea Rosenberg

2009 Winner of “Top Chef” Season 5

Best Chef Denver International Wine Festival

Guest Chef at the James Beard House

Recognized by the United States Small Business Administration as a business owner inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit of the nation


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 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

2014 “Heart of the Collaborative” from Chefs Collaborative


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

GM of Mambo Italiano

Facilitates butchery education and curriculum at Colorado Mountain College

Developer of ethical and sustainable meat consumption programs

Chef / Culinary Director

Patrick Ayres

Culinary Director of the Steamboat Food & Wine Festival

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

Executive Chef at High Lonesome Ranch


Tajahi Cooke

Operator and Partner of Mother Tongue with Dine and Dash Group


Jennifer Jasinski

James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southwest

Finalist Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 5

James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist Outstanding Chef Award


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


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

Master Sommelier

Laura Williamson

2005 Master Sommelier Diploma

An active member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, the grading body for aspiring candidates

Certified Wine Educator


Jon Schlegel

Co-Founder of Snooze A.M. Eatery

Founder of Attimo Wines

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