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Personalities Celebrated national chefs, local culinary rock stars, legendary winemakers and brewmasters, authors, sommeliers, mixologists and other truly amazing talents come together for the 14th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival.

2017 Celebrity Guest Chefs

Richard Blais
Executive Chef/Restauranteur

Steve Brown
Executive Chef/Owner
Cosecha

James Campbell Caruso
Chef/Owner
La Boca, Tabera y MA

Evan Cruz
Executive Chef
Arterra

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

Phillip Esteban
Research & Development Chef
CH Projects

Katsuya Fukushima
Partner/Executive Chef
Daikaya, Bantam King, Haikan

Tommy Gomes
Fishmonger
Catalina Offshore

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Suzette Gresham
Executive Chef
Acquerello

Andrew Gruel
Executive Chef/Owner
Slapfish

Bernard Guillas
Executive Chef
The Marine Room

Bertrand Hug
Restauranteur
Mister A's

Ruffo Ibarra
Executive Chef/Owner
Oryx Capital & Nortico

Jason Knibb
Executive Chef
NINE-TEN Restaurant

Mei Lin
Winner
Top Chef Season 12

Accursio Lota
Executive Chef
Solare Ristorante

Brian Malarkey
Executive Chef
Herb & Wood

Shane McIntyre
Chef
Herb & Wood

Jason McLeod
Executive Chef/Partner
Ironside Fish & Oyster

Rick Moonen
Chef/Owner
rm Seafood

Gilberto Morales
Executive Chef/Co-Owner
Nómada Cocina

Louis Moskow
Chef/Proprietor
315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

Ron Oliver
Chef de Cuisine
The Marine Room

Charles Phan
Executive Chef/Founder
The Slanted Door

Jeffrey Roberto
Executive Sushi Chef/Owner
Sushi on a Roll

Maeve Rochford
Executive Chef/Owner
Sugar & Scribe

Aron Schwartz
Executive Chef
Marina Kitchen

Deborah Scott
Executive Chef/Partner
Cohn Restaurant Group

Anthony Sinsay
Executive Chef
Jsix

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

Casey Thompson
Executive Chef
Morada at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Catt Fields White
San Diego Markets, Farmers'​ Market Developer and Manager

Brady Williams
Executive Chef
Canlis

Matt Zubrod
Executive Chef
The Little Nell

2017 Local Chefs

Ray Agishi
Chef/Owner
Izakaya Pacific Beach

Chris Aguirre
Executive Chef
Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Steve de Barril
Executive Chef/Partner
Seasons 52

Abe Botello
Operational Executive Chef
Florent

Hector Casanova
Executive Chef/Owner
Casanova Fish Tacos

Trevor Chappell
Executive Chef
The Barrel Room

Marcel Childress
Chef de Cuisine
Rustic Root

Jared Estes
Executive Chef
Water Grill

Ingrid Funes
Executive Chef
Cusp Dining & Drinks

Stephen Gage
Executive Chef
Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

Brian Gist
Executive Chef
Flagship Cruises & Events

Tim Kolanko
Executive Chef
Blue Bridge Hospitality

Mark Kropczynski
Executive Chef
Grant Grill

Eric Manuel
Executive Chef
The Dana on Mission Bay

Mario Medina
Executive Chef
The Maincourse Restaurant

Emmanuel Piqueras
Executive Chef/Partner
Pisco Rotisserie + Cevicheria

Michael Poompan
Executive Chef
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Andrew Reyes
Executive Chef
Tidal

Matt Richman
Chef/Kitchen Lead
The Lot

Jose "Jojo" Ruiz
Chef/Partner
Lionfish

Kevin Templeton
Executive Chef
barleymash

Seth Vider
Executive Chef
Red O

2017 Authors, Artists + Experts

2017 Winemakers + Brewmasters

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

Kristof Nils Anderson
Consulting Winemaker
Robinson Family Vineyards

Hans Backhoff
CEO/Winemaker
Monte Xanic

Craig Becker
Co-Founder/Director of Winemaking
Somerston Wine Co.

Jeffrey Blair
Winegrower/Owner
Blair Vineyards

Heidi Bridenhagen
Winemaker
MacRostie

Matt Brynildson
Brewmaster
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Larry Bump
Owner
Darms Lane

Dane Campbell
Brand Ambassador
Zaca Mesa

Fernando Perez Castro
Owner/Winemaker
Lomita Winery

Neil Collins
Executive Winemaker
Tablas Creek

Scot Covington
Winemaker
Trione Vineyards & Winery

Todd D'Alessio
Winemaker
Négociant Winery

Rob Davis
Winemaker
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Arnaud Debons
Winemaker
San Antonio Winery

Jason DeLoach
Vice President/Winemaker
Hook & Ladder Winery

Fernando Gaxiola
Owner
Baja Wine + Food

Steve Hagata
Winemaker
Falkner Winery

Kevin Hall
Winemaker
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Eric Johnson
Winemaker
Talley Vineyards

Lowell Jooste
Owner/Winemaker
LJ Crafted Wines

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

Dan & Ellen Kessler
Owners
Kessler-Haak

Jess Koehler
Winery Representative
La Finquita Winery & Vineyard

Giorgi Kvrivishvili
Winemaker
LTD G-MARANI

Greg Martellotto
President
Martellotto Wines

Luke McCollom
Founding Winemaker
Left Coast Cellars

Euan Parker & Joshua McCourt
Winemakers
Fallbrook Winery

Jon McPherson
Master Winemaker
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Linda & Mike McWilliams
Owners/Winemakers
San Pasqual Winery

Darius Miller
Owner/Wine Maker
Koi Zen Cellars Urban Winery

Erik Miller
Winemaker
Kokomo Winery

Tru Miller
Owner
Adobe Guadalupe

Ben Papapietro
Owner/Winemaker
Papapietro Perry

Harry Parducci
>Winemaker
Agajanian Vineyards & Wine Company

Miguel Pessanha
Winemaker
Sogrape

Andrew Quady
Winemaker
Quady Winery

Martin Reyes
Chief Wine Officer
Peter Paul Wines

Anthony Riboli
Winemaker
San Antonio Winery

Keith Rolle
Winemaker
Gianni Buonomo Vintners

Nicole Salengo
Winemaker
Berryessa Gap

Carol Shelton
Winemaker
Carol Shelton Wines

Steven Urberg
Winemaker
Gloria Ferrer

Arturo Villarreal
Winemaker
Danza Del Sol Winery

Gus Vizgirda
Winemaker
Wilson Creek Winery

Andy Wahl
Winemaker
Ammunition Wines

2017 Sommeliers + Wine Experts

Nick Hetzel
Master Sommelier/Director of Wine Education
Jackson Family Wines

Joe Spellman
Master Sommelier
JUSTIN

2017 Mixologists + Spirit Experts

Nick Jones
Lead Bartender
PABU

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