Heading to the mkgallery Classic in Aspen this June? Check out this year's chef talent, right here.

By mkgalleryamp; Wine Editors
Updated: June 01, 2018
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The mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen kicks off this June 15 with a stellar lineup of chefs, sommeliers, cocktail pros, and spirits experts. If you're heading out to Colorado for this year's festivities—or considering taking the trip—make sure to catch up on what all your favorite mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen chefs are up to these days. Here's our cheat sheet to this year's presenting chefs—make sure to follow us on Instagram @foodandwine to see the fun unfold.

Hugh Acheson

Instagram: @hughacheson

Bio: Hugh Acheson is a chef and food writer who lives in Athens, GA. He is the co-owner / partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants 5&10 and The National, the Atlanta restaurants Empire State South, and Achie's, as well as coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee. His cookbook, A New Turn in the South won the award for Best Cookbook in the field of "American Cooking" by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. His second cookbook is Pick a Pickle, and his third, The Broad Fork, was released in the spring of 2015. His fourth cookbook, The Chef & The Slow Cooker, was released in the fall of 2017. mkgalleryamp; Wine Magazine named him Best New Chef way back in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation awarded him Best Chef Southeast in 2012. Hugh competed in Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and starred as a judge on Top Chef, Seasons 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Rick Bayless

Instagram: @rick_bayless

Bio: Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, with his authentic Mexican cuisine, or from his highly rated Public Television Series, Mexico-One Plate at a Time. He has received a great number of James Beard Award nominations in many categories, and has won eight awards, including: Midwest Chef of the Year, National Chef of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Who's Who of American Food and Drink, Best Podcast, plus two for his cookbooks and restaurants. Rick's side-by-side award-winning restaurants in Chicago include: Cerveceria Cruz Blanca, Frontera Grill, Leña Brava, Topolobampo and Xoco.

Richard Blais

Instagram: @richardblais

Bio: Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard nominated cookbook author and television personality. Perhaps most recognizable as a recurring judge on Bravo's Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars, Blais grew up on Long Island working as a "poissonier" at McDonald's. It was here where he first dabbled in deconstruction in cuisine, serving filet-o-fish sandwiches sans top bun. Blais went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and train at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli.

Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed, and operated popular eateries including multiple outposts of Flip Burger Boutique. In San Diego, where he currently resides, Blais is a partner at the popular Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack restaurants, which will be expanding to 4 locations in the coming months.

Blais is a James Beard Award-nominated author of Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, and his second cookbook, So Good, was released in May 2017. In addition, Blais recently launched a podcast entitled Starving for Attention which provides an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look into the food industry, and has featured guests including Wylie Dufrense, Michael Voltaggio, Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons, Lou Diamond Phillips, and more.

He resides in San Diego with his wife Jazmin and their two daughters Riley and Embry. When not behind the stove, Blais may be found training for his next marathon, recording an upcoming podcast, or cheering on his favorite English Premiere League soccer team.

Anne Burrell

Instagram: @chefanneburrell

Bio: With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has been sharing her passion for food and cooking with America and isn't slowing down.

Not only has Anne worked at some of the top restaurants in New York and studied the culinary traditions of Italy, she is the host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, where she mentors a team of celebrities who are in serious need of some cooking pointers. Anne currently hosts Food Network's hit show, Worst Cooks in America, the ninth season premieres on Food Network in January 2017. Burrell has battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Iron Chef America and is a New York Times best-selling author with her cookbook Cook Like a Rock Star. Her second cookbook, Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire & Empower was released in October 2013.

Ashley Christensen