2017 FEATURED CHEFS & RESTAURANTS

70 Capital Region Chefs will be Featured throughout the Festival in the Friday & Saturday Grand Tastings and Seminars. These Chefs are an excellent representation of the best of the Capital Region culinary scene. We are thrilled to present to you such a diverse and talented offering of Featured Chefs & Restaurants for the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival


2017 SIGNATURE CHEFS

AJ JAYAPAL
Swifty’s/Miss Sydney’s

BRIAN MOLINO
Mazzone Hospitality

DOMINIQUE BRIALY

JAIME ORTIZ
Angelo's 677 Prime/ Mazzone Hospitality

JARED MARGOPOULOS
Hilton Albany

JIM RUA
Café Capriccio

MARLA ORTEGA
Illium Café

RACHAEL MABB
The Ruck/Next Level

RIC ORLANDO
New World Bistro Bar & New World Catering

YONO PURNOMO
Yono's/dp an American Brasserie



2017 Guest Signature Chefs

STRATTON SOKARIS & LOU AGOSTINELLO
Athos



2017 Rising Stars

ELLIOTT VOGEL
Normanside

MATT MASTO
Yono’s | dp An American Brasserie

MIKE STOPCZYNSKI
Jack’s Oyster House

PATRICK BROWN
The Brook Tavern

PETER HAHM
Druthers

TRACEY KWEICEN
Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill



2017 Signature Invitational Chefs

DEREK ADAMS
Campagna

Michael Mastrantouno
Roux

Rory Moran
Comfort Kitchen



BATTLE OF THE BARTENDERS:
MANHATTAN COMPETITION

Christian Astorga
The Savoy Taproom

Collin Myers
The Ruck

Emmanuel Treski
Speakeasy 518

Jaime Truelove
Ama Cocina

Katie Joern
The People’s Pub

Mackenzie Zajac
The Point

Matthew Fitzgerald
Warehouse Grill & BBQ

Bill Geltzeiler
Wellington’s

Pat Taney
Slidin' Dirty

Roux



BATTLE OF THE BARTENDERS:
BLOODY MARY COMPETITION

AJ Jayapal
Swifty’s/Miss Sydney’s

Ama Cocina

Emma Sawyer
The Savoy Taproom

Collin Myers
The Ruck

Melanie Carlson
Wellington’s

Pat Taney
Slidin’ Dirty

Ralph DeSantis
Salt & Char

Roux

Featured Chefs

Andy Novak
Cider Belly Doughnuts

Anna Weisheit
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Brandon Snooks
Hudson Valley BBQ Co.

Carmen Trimarchi
The Edison Club

Christian LoFaro
Il Faro

David Britton
Dakine Cuisine

Dave Gibson
Wellington’s

Derek Adams
Campagna

Dimitrios Menagias
City Beer Hall

Elisa Arteche
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar

Emmanuel Isaac
Ama Cocina

Jeff Tabakian
Black & Blue Steak & Crab

James Gavin
Nicole’s Special Events & Catering

Jared Millwood
The Fort Orange Club

Jennifer Hewes
The Point Restaurant & Lounge

Jen Novak
Cider Belly Doughnuts

Jeremy Tolliver
Warehouse Grill and BBQ

Jonathan Milks
Honest Weight Food Co-op

Jose Arteche
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar

Joseph Ventrice
The Shakin’ Bacon

Jude Jerome
Sodhexo: University at Albany

Ken Kehn
Angelo's 677 Prime

Ken Ruud
Normanside

Kouri Killmeier
The People’s Pub

Larry Schepici
Jack's Oyster House

Linda Smith
Divinitea

Mark D. Graham
Graham & McGuire

Matt Hughes
New World Bistro Bar

Mike Futia
Café Calabria

Nathan Kutzscher
Marriott Albany

Nicholas Armstrong
Rascals Steakhouse

Nicholas Karoly
Salt & Char

Nicholas Porreca
Pasta Pane

Oliva! Gourmet Olive Oils & Vinegars

Tim Taney
Slidin' Dirty

William Lentz
The Wishing Well

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