Best Bartender

Michael Bowers, The Modern Hotel and Bar

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The Modern's chief mover and shaker, Michael Bowers, started out with little more than a personal interest in the art of cocktaillery. Today he is recognized as a local savant of spirits and his creations, as The Modern's website points out, have earned mentions in publications such as Sunset magazine and The New York Times. themodernhotel.com

2nd Place: Major Ludwig—Rice Asian Cuisine, riceeagle.com

3rd Place: Sam Reber—Cactus Bar, facebook.com/cactusbar.boise

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