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Celebrated national chefs, local culinary rock stars, legendary winemakers and brewmasters, authors, sommeliers, mixologists and other truly amazing talents come together for the 13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival.

2016 Celebrity Guest Chefs

Karen Akunowicz
Executive Chef
Myers and Chang

Sheyla Alvarado
Chef
TrasLomita

Angelina Bastidas
Executive Chef
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Rick Bayless
Executive Chef
Author + Restauranteur

Michelle Bernstein
Celebrity Chef

Anna Bullet
Executive Chef
Cooking Light

Drew Deckman
Owner & Executive Chef
Deckman's en el Mogor

Renee Erickson
Chef
The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, Walrus and the Carpenter, Barnacle

Jason French
Chef/Owner
Ned Ludd/Elder Hall

Cosmo Goss
Chef de Cuisine
The Publican

Suzette Gresham
Executive Chef
Acquerello

Bernard Guillas
Executive Chef
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

The Hearty Boys
Chefs & Television Personalities

Dean James Max
President
DJM Restaurants, James Republic

Marjorie Meek-Bradley
Chef/Partner
Smoked & Stacked

Rick Moonen
Chef, Owner
rm seafood

Javier Plascencia
Chef/Owner
Bracero & Mision 19

Marcus Samuelsson
Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality

Stephanie Prida
Executive Pastry Chef
Manresa

Steve Santana
Chef
Taquiza

Nic Vanderbeeken
Executive Chef
Viceroy Bali’s CasCades Restaurant

Chad White
Chef & Restauranteur

Justin Woodward
Executive Chef
Castagna

Erling Wu-Bower
Executive Chef
Nico Osteria

2016 San Diego Chefs

Ray Agishi
Chef/Owner
IZAKAYA PACIFIC BEACH

Andrew Bachelier
Executive Chef
Campfire

Tomás Baistrocchi
Chef de Cuisine
AVANT Restaurant

Jonathan Bautista
Chef de Cuisine
California Modern

Abe Botello
Executive Chef
West Coast Tavern

Hector Casanova
Chef/Owner
Casanova Fish Tacos

Trevor Chappell
Executive Chef
The Barrel Room

Amy DiBiase
Chef
Grand Restaurant Group

Trey Foshee
Executive Chef & Partner
George's At The Cove

Brian Gist
Executive Chef
Flagship Cruises & Events

Bernard Guillas
Executive Chef
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

Diego Hernandez
Executive Chef
Corazón de Tierra

Brad Hightow
Regional Executive Chef
Florent

Tim Kolanko
Executive Chef
Blue Bridge Hospitality

Mark Kropczynski
Executive Chef
Grant Grill

Accursio Lota
Executive Chef
Solare Ristorante

Giorgio Lo Verde
Executive Chef
Il Fornaio Coronado

Steven Lona & Jenny Goycochea
Chefs
Tasting Room Del Mar

Jason McLeod
Executive Chef/Partner
Ironside Fish & Oyster

Mario Medina
Executive Chef
The Maincourse Restaurant

Israel Ortiz
Executive Chef
Fiore Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Jason Rivas
Executive Chef
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Christine Rivera
Chef de Cuisine
Galaxy Taco

Kelly Pioterek
General Manager
El Torito

Michael Poompan
Executive Chef
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Steven Riemer
Executive Chef
Catamaran Hotel Resort and Spa/Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Joseph Rodriguez
Executive Chef
WESTROOT Tavern

Jose "Jojo" Ruiz
Chef/Partner
Lionfish

Robert Ruiz
Executive Chef/Owner
The Land & Water Co.

Claudia Sandoval
Chef/Winner of MASTERCHEF

Aron Schwartz
Executive Chef
Marina Kitchen

Andrew Spurgin
Executive Chef/Owner
Bespoke Event Styling & Menu Design

Rich Sweeney
Executive Chef
Waypoint Public

Duvinh Ta
Executive Chef
Jake's Del Mar

DJ Tangalin
Executive Chef
Tidal

Kevin Templeton
Executive Chef
barleymash

Aaron Thomas
Chef de Cuisine
AVANT

Marcus Twilegar
Executive Chef
Parq Restaurants

Giselle Wellman
Executive Chef
Pacific Standard

2016 Authors, Artists + Experts

Rick Bayless
Executive Chef
Author + Restauranteur

Michelle Bernstein
Celebrity Chef

Bernard Guillas
Executive Chef
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

The Hearty Boys
Chefs & Television Personalities

Troy Johnson
Food Writer / TV Host

Maria Desiderata Montana
Owner/Publisher
San Diego Food Finds

Rick Moonen
Chef, Owner
rm seafood

Mike Myrdal
Musician

Dale Peters
Musician

Ben Powell
Musician

Marcus Samuelsson
Celebrity Chef

2016 Winemakers + Brewmasters

David Akiyoshi
Winemaker
LangeTwins Family Winery

Victor Torres Alegre, Ph.D.
Owner/Oenologist
Torres Alegre y Familia

Erick Allen
Winemaker
Ascension Cellars

Kristof Nils Anderson
Consulting Winemaker
Robinson Family Vineyards

Hans Backhoff
CEO/Winemaker
Monte Xanic Winery

Klaus Bellinghause
Winemaker
King Frosch Wine

Jeffrey Blair
Winegrower / Owner
Blair Vineyards

Bryan Kane
Winemaker
Howell Mountain Vineyards

Robert Blue
Founding Winemaker
Bonterra

Paul & Michèle Bosc
President, Director of Marketing
Chateau des Charmes

Matt Brynildson
Brewmaster
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Larry Bump
Owner
Darms Lane

Chris Cameron
Director of Winemaking
Broken Earth Winery

Dane Campbell
Brand Ambassador
Zaca Mesa

Marco Cappelli
Winemaker
Nello Olivo Wines

Joseph Carr
Founder
Joseph Carr Wines

Fernando Perez Castro
Owner/Winemaker
Lomita Winery & TrasLomita Restaurant

Paul Colantuoni
Winemaker
Rocca Wines

Neil Collins
Executive Winemaker
Tablas Creek

Scot Covington
Winemaker
Trione Vineyards

Collin Cranor
Winemaker
Nottingham Cellars

Todd D'Alessio
Winemaker
Négociant Winery

Daniel Daou
Winemaker
DAOU Vineyards

Arnaud Debons
Winemaker
San Antonio Winery

Jason DeLoach
Vice President, Winemaker
Hook & Ladder Winery

David DeSante
Consulting Enologist
Mario Bazan Cellars

Michael Eddy
Director of North Coast Winemaking
E. & J. Gallo Winery

Jess Koehler
Winery Representative
La Finquita Winery & Vineyard

Javier Flores
Winemaker
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Sara Fowlers
Winemaker
Liana Estates

Jennifer Glanville
Director of Brewing
Sam Adams

Dan Goldfield
Owner
Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Randall Grahm
Founder
Bonny Doon

Phil Gregory
Owner/Winemaker
Vena Cava Winery

Mat Gustafson
Proprietor / Winemaker
Paul Mathew Vineyards

Steve Hagata
Winemaker
Falkner Winery

Kevin Hall
Winemaker
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Craig Handley
Winemaker
Gibbs Napa Valley

Chue Her
Production Manager
Oak Ridge Winery

Brandon Hernaindez
Societe Brewing Company

Nicole Hitchcock
Head Winemaker
J Vineyards & Winery

Paul Hobbs
Winemaker
Ahnfeldt Wines

Andrew Jones
Winemaker, Owner
Field Recordings

Steve Kahle
Co-Proprietor, Winemaker, Grower
Woof’n Rose Winery

Jim Klein
Winemaker
Navarro Vineyards

Greg Koch
CEO/Co-Founder
Stone Brewing

Michael McCay
McCay Cellars & Vineyard

Jon McPherson
Master Winemaker
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Linda & Mike McWilliams
Owners, Winemakers
San Pasqual Winery

Robbie Meyer
Winemaker
Murrieta's Well

National Vine & Wine Chamber

Sangria Lolea

Darius Miller
Owner/Wine Maker
Koi Zen Cellars Urban Winery

Erik Miller
Winemaker
Kokomo Winery

Tru Miller
Owner
Adobe Guadalupe

Daniel Moore
Winemaker
E16 Wines

Patrick Muran
Winemaker
Niner Wine Estates

Nello Olivo
Owner & Grower
Nello Olivo Wines

Andrew Quady
Winemaker
Quady Winery

Anthony Riboli
Winemaker
San Antonio Winery

Keith Rolle
Winemaker
Gianni Buonomo Vintners

Susanne Sapier
Winemaker
Vineyard Grant James

Bill Schweitzer
Founder
Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Carol Shelton
Winemaker
Carol Shelton Wines

Karen Sherman
Owner, Winemaker
Coyote Oaks Vineyards

Jim Shumate
Winemaker
Pomar Junction

Mike Sinor
Director of Winemaking
Ancient Peaks

Rodney Strong Vineyards
Winemakers
Rodney Strong Vineyards

Chris Tanghe
Master Sommelier, Portfolio Manager
Vinum

George Thornton
Co-Founder
Home Brewing Co.

Aaron Underwood
Western Business Manager
Alc/Vol

Steven Urberg
Winemaker
Gloria Ferrer

JC Van Staden
Winemaker
Peltier Winery

Pedro Vargas
Winemaker
Vino Vargas

Gus Vizgirda
Winemaker
Wilson Creek Winery

Mark Weslar
Vice President of Marketing
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Tyson Wolf
Head Winemaker
Rutherford Ranch

Blake Yarger
Winemaker
McEvoy Ranch

2016 Sommeliers + Wine Experts

Byran Babcock
Winemaker
Babcock Vineyards

Gillian Ballance
Master Sommelier, National Education Manager
Treasury Wine Estates

Jesse Becker
Master Sommelier
Market Specialist, Craft + Estate

Ken Brown
Owner
Ken Brown Wines

Amy Christine
Master of Wine
Black Sheep Finds Winery

Fred Dame
Master Sommelier
American Wine & Spirits

Maurice DiMarino
Level 2 Masters Guild of Sommeliers
Wine & Beverage Manager, Cohn Restaurant Group

Maureen Downey
DWS, CEW
Columnist, Wine-Searcher.com

Eric Entrikin
Master Sommelier

David Glancy
Master Sommelier
Founder, San Francisco Wine School

Mary Gorman
Master of Wine
Bordeaux Wine Council

Randall Grahm
Owner
Bonny Doon Vineyards

Eric Hemer
Master Sommelier, Master of Wine
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Kathy Joseph
Proprietor, Winemaker, Grape Herder, Head Fiddle
Fiddlehead Cellars

Geoff Labitzke
Master of Wine
Director of Sales & Marketing, Kistler

Christopher Lavin
Advanced Sommelier

Manuel Loudaza
Head Global Winemaking Operations and CEO
Stoli Group’s Prestige Wine Division

Cristina Mariani-May
Family Proprietor
Castello Banfi

Frank Ostini
Owner/Chef/Winemaker
Hitching Post II

Bernard Retornaz
President
Louis Latour Inc.

Richard Sanford
Owner
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Joseph Spellman
Master Sommelier
JUSTIN

2016 Mixologists + Spirit Experts

Rob Dietrich
Master Distiller
Stranahan’s®

Tom Fischer
Founder
BourbonBlog.com

Donald Freytag
Executive Vice President
Hawaii Sea Spirits

Jeff Josenhans
Head Mixologist, Sommelier and Certified Cicerone
US Grant and Grant Grill

JCaley Shoemaker
Head Distiller
Hangar 1

2015 Personalities

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