The Tasting Panel magazine

January 2016

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DEPARTMENT HEADER P H O T O : T E A NN M L A K E O T ES P H O T O : N A TA LI E BO V I S P H O T O : M O N A S H IE LD P A Y NE Eric Hobbie, Giada at The Cromwell, Las Vegas Adam "Scoop" Kaessner, Bar X and Gibson Lounge, Salt Lake City Chris Milligan, Secreto Lounge, Santa Fe Jessica Westergom, The Sand Dollar, Las Vegas Amy Eldredge, Under Current, Salt Lake City Andrew David Roy, Coyote Café and Radish & Rye, Santa Fe Alex Penalosa, Hakkasan Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Steven "Frankie" Mealy, Whiskey Street, Salt Lake City David Hernandez, Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque Philip Dow, Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Michael Eccleston, Bar X, Salt Lake City "I want to show the Southwest what Las Vegas has behind closed doors." "The most challenging thing is articulating my passion for the culinary arts and really looking at why I do what I do." "Hardest thing about the prelims was the number of amazing Vegas bartenders who showed up to try out. Truly talented group of individuals." "Super excited to be a part of such a cool competition with so many great competitors." "I've always been very clumsy, and I'm terrified I might drop or break some- thing while competing." "I really want to show finesse, talent, knowledge of lovely things the earth provides and how I've learned to manipulate them." NEVADA: The Silver State UTAH: The Beehive State NEW MEXICO: Land of Enchantment Michael Sebree, Radish & Rye, Santa Fe Don't miss our live Speed Tasting, also on Monday, in the Sands room at the Artisanal Marketplace from 1–4 pm. Cheer on your local favorites and be sure to RSVP at

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