Anasazi Restaurant Executive Chef Edgar Beas Honored With People's Choice Award in 2018 Chef & Shaker Challenge

June 8, 2018

New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival has announced the winners of its Chef & Shaker Challenge, a competition that tasks 16 acclaimed chef-bartender teams from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to create food and cocktail pairings. This year, the Anasazi Restaurant’s Executive Chef Edgar Beas, who partnered with Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi’s Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Miguel Castro, was honored with the “People’s Choice” award for his culinary excellence. 

The 2018 Chef & Shaker Challenge took place on Saturday, June 2 as part of the annual three-day New Mexico Cocktails and Culture Culinary Festival. The winners of the Chef & Shaker Challenge are decided via onsite voting from event guests and a professional panel of esteemed judges. The team with the most guest votes is deemed “People’s Choice” while the panel selects the “Judge’s Pick.” A portion of ticket sales and each winning chef’s USD250 prize are donated to Cooking With Kids, a nonprofit foundation that promotes healthy living and self-reliance through culinary education for children and young adults. The Chef & Shaker Challenge raised USD4100 in charitable donations this year. 

“Since helming the restaurant, Chef Edgar has proven himself as one of Santa Fe’s top culinary talents with accolades and rave reviews from guests and professionals alike,” said Gabor L. Vida, managing director of Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. “We are incredibly proud of Chef Edgar’s achievements and are delighted that festival guests have recognized him as the crowd favorite for this year’s Chef & Shaker Challenge.” 

Chef Edgar joined the Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge in 2016 and has created a food philosophy rooted in the native culture and traditions in Santa Fe. The restaurant’s menus fuse old world techniques with modern, innovative recipes and artful plating, and they are consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients found in and around Santa Fe. 

About Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Located in downtown Santa Fe, steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi® is an intimate world-class vacation retreat and New Mexico’s most lauded hotel. Since it was established in 1991, the Inn has set the standard for luxury and service among small city hotels. The 58-room boutique hotel unveiled a full guestroom reimagination in 2014 to embrace a more modern, sophisticated aesthetic, while still celebrating the enduring creative spirit of the region’s Native Americans. The guestroom design beautifully complements the Inn’s legendary décor and architecture, including works by local artisans, massive hand-carved doors, sculptured stairways and sandstone walls that whisper of prehistoric Pueblo living. The world-renowned Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge was reimagined in 2015 to boast a chic, new design as well as the addition of a new lounge area and a dedicated tequila table. To complement the stunning new look, the restaurant’s menus epitomize modern Southwestern cuisine, featuring the strong ingredients and flavors of the Southwest. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi has been honored four times with the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award, the highest accolade presented by AAA to hotels and restaurants based on facilities, amenities and service. Among its other esteemed honors this year, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi placed onto Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, received several accolades from Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best list and was named one of the “Best Hotels in the U.S.” by U.S. News & World Report. 

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