2015 StarChefs.com Boston Rising Stars Announcement

                                       Boston Chefs to Shine Bright at Tasting Gala on April 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 – StarChefs.com, the award-winning restaurant industry trends magazine, announces its 2015 Boston Rising Stars Awards, honoring up-and-coming chefs and other culinary professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.  Over the course of six months, the StarChefs.com team visited more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and artisans in greater Boston.

“The Boston dining and drinking scene is expanding beyond the city center and Cambridge. Now,  you can have dim sum-style mezze, award-winning cocktails, and killer large format dinners in places like Somerville, Newton, and as far as Woburn,” said Will Blunt, Managing Editor of StarChefs.com

The winners will be showcased at the StarChefs.com Rising Stars Gala on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Colonnade Hotel, beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30pm and followed by a tasting gala from 7pm to 9:30pm. The walk-around tasting gala will give attendees the opportunity to experience 16 of Boston’s most exciting restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by the winning sommeliers and bartenders, in one location for one night only.

“While much of the country struggles to nurture—let alone celebrate—women in the restaurant industry, Boston and its leading female chefs, including Lydia Shire, Barbara Lynch, Jody Adams, Ana Sortun, and Susan Regis, have worked for years to establish the city as place where women chefs can flourish and lead,” said Antoinette Bruno, Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs.com.

General Admission is $95 per person. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private VIP reception with a Cava tasting and caviar, beginning at 5:45pm.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Boston Public Market, a year-round, self-sustaining market, where 40 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and New England will offer fresh, local food and an opportunity to taste, buy, and understand what our region has to offer.  The Boston Public Market will be the only locally sourced market of its kind in the United States. For more information visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org.

The 2015 StarChefs.com Boston York Rising Stars Award winners are:

Campbell | Café ArtScience | @PGCbar @cafeartscience
Featured dish:  Beef Carpaccio, Canadian Lobster, XO Sauce, Pickled Black Trumpet Mushrooms, and Perigeux Truffle

Cara Chigazola | Oleana | @thelazycanner @OleanaBuzz
Featured dish: Striped Bass, Turnip Brik, Pumpin Seed Tarator, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, and Green Harissa

Carl Dooley | Craigie on Main | @Craigieonmain
Featured dish: Warm Veal and Goat Cheese Rillettes, Zucchini, Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Veal Jus Vinaigrette

Matthew Delisle | L'Espalier | @LespalierSavory @LESPALIER
Featured dish: Warm Oyster Stew: Wellfleet Oysters, Smoked Bone Marrow Emulsion, Brassicas, Smoked Hazelnut Oil, and Toasted Nori

Cassie Piuma | Sarma | @SarmaRestaurant
Featured dish: Bluefish Falafel, Peach Pickle, Jalapeño Labneh, and Bibb Lettuce

John daSilva | Spoke | @chefjohndasilva @SpokeWineBar
Featured dish: Harissa-spiced Australian Lamb Tartare, Diva Cucumber, Labneh, and Pistachio

Community Chef
Levy | Eastern Standard | @ESKDboston
Featured dish: Wilford Brimley: Jameson Irish Whiskey, Amaro Fardini, Oat Syrup, Lemon Juice, Golden Raisins, Dried Cranberries, and Cinnamon

Li, Margaret Li, Andy Li and Max Hull | Mei Mei | @meimeiboston
Featured dish: Honey-Walnut Shrimp, Toasted Nuts, Honeycomb Candy, Crispy Shrimp Shells, Walnut Mayonnaise, and Honey Buttermilk

Pastry Chefs
Connolly | Café ArtScience | @cafeartscience
Featured dish: Urfa-infused Soft Valrhona Chocolate, Ginger-glazed Tangerines, Sesame Tuile, Caramelize Feuilletine, and Tangerine Sorbet

Rachel Sundet | Hungry Mother and State Park| @hungrymotherma
Featured dish: Salted Butterscotch Custard, Cranberry-Sparkling Wine Granita, Pickled and Dehydrated Cranberries, and Chantilly

Hotel Pastry Chef
Michael Daly |
Four Seasons | @MDALY43 @FSBoston
Featured dish: Opera Cake: Almond Cake, Buttercream, and Valrhona Chocolate Mirror Glaze

Bond | Bondir | @jwadebond @BondirConcord
Featured dish:
Roasted Mackerel, Dashi Gelée, Roasted Eggplant, Crosns, Dahlia Bulb, Pickled Nasturtium Berries, Radicchio, and Radishes

Smith | New England Charcuterie | @chefjoshuasmith @MoodysWaltham
Featured coffee: Charcuterie Board featuring Sriracha Salami

Star | Drink | @softestluna @drinkboston
Featured drink: La Frontera: Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Ginger Beer, Cassis, and Lime Zest

Ran Duan | Baldwin Bar | @Thebaldwinbar
Featured drink: Father's Advice: Rum, Cardamaro, Punt e Mes, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, and Giffard Creme de Banana and Orange 

Bryan Greenhagen | Mystic Brewery | @BryanGreenhagen @mysticbrewery

Featured drink: Renault Farmhouse Saison

Camper | Bar Boulud | @Joe_camper @barbouludBOS
Pairings with winners’ dishes

Lauren C. Daddona | L'Espalier | @lcollinsonwine @lespalier
Pairings with winners’ dishes

Host Chef
Nicholas Calias | Colonnade Hotel | @ChefColonnade @Colonnade
Featured dish: Australian Lamb Loin, Chickpeas, Olive Crumble, Parsnip, Brussels Sprouts, and Yogurt

Special Recognition
A number of awards are proudly supported by Rising Stars partners:

  • Bartender Award, presented by Hobart
  • Art of Presentation Award, presented by Steelite International
  • Sommelier Award, presented by Wines from Spain
  • Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix
  • Pastry Award, presented by KitchenAid
  • Restaurateur Award, presented by Edward Don                                                                  

Supporters of 2015 StarChefs.com New York Rising Stars Awards Steelite International, Winebow, Rueda and Ribera, Meat and Livestock Australia, Hobart, Vitamix, Edward Don, KitchenAid, Wines from Spain, Fresh Origins, Valrhona, Mercer Culinary, Iberico, Pedras Water, Sasa Demarle, Sartori Cheese, Verterra, The Colonnade Hotel, Marlo Marketing and Boston Public Market. 

The Rising Stars Awards recognize up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and artisans from around the country that represent future leaders of the national culinary scene. Candidates are nominated by the StarChefs.com Advisory Board, previous winners, local media and thorough editorial research. Winners are chosen by the StarChefs.com editorial team.

StarChefs is both a backstage pass to the celebrity chef world for food-savvy consumers and an essential information resource for culinary professionals. StarChefs.com’s original culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the world. Its mission is to catalyze culinary professionals’ success and give them the tools they need to overcome their specific challenges. In addition to featuring top chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, StarChefs.com’s Culinary JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry. StarChefs.com™ features more than 35,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content and generates traffic of 4.322 million page views, and 1.927 million unique visitors and was nominated for Best Web Site for Food and Nutrition by the James Beard Foundation.



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