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rising star chef winners


WINNER:
Derek Adams
Overall High Score
on Judge's Tasting


WINNER:

Chris Dore

Mingle on the Avenue

WINNER:
Dan Passamonte
The Barrelhouse

WINNER:
Ian Brower
Capital City Gastropub


WINNER:
Ian O'Leary
The Gingerman

WINNER:
Rory Moran
Comfort Kitchen
Each of the Rising Star Chef Winners will be featured in the timesunion.com Rising Star Chef Pavilion on either Friday, January 16th or Saturday, January 17th. They each will be our honored guests at the 2015 Gala. Finally each of the Rising Star Chefs will receive a year long mentorship with one of our Signature Chefs
The Mentorship Pairings for 2015 are:
Derek Adams - Dominique Brialy
Dan Passamonte - AJ Jayapal
Ian O'leary - Mark Graham

Rory Moran - Ric Orlando
Ian Brower - Jim Rua
Chris Dore - Brian Molino


Rising Star Chef’s must meet any 2 of the following criteria:

  • Chef/Owner of a Restaurant that is under 2 years in operation
  • Chef that is using innovative techniques (i.e molecular gastronomy) in food production
  • First Time Executive Chef or Executive Sous Chef
  • Chef has demonstrated a commitment to community service
  • Chef that demonstrates originality & creativity in menu design
  • Chefs that promote and utilize local produce and ingredients whenever possible

Voting will begin on HERE on October 15h through November 9th
Top 10 Finalists will be announced on October 15th, 2014 at the Mayor's Press Conference to be held at the Palace Theatre. Each chef will have an unannounced tasting and interview during this time period that will comprise part of their total score along with fan votes. The Festival Directors will review the finalists and announce the 6 Rising Star Chef Winners on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. The 6 Winning Chefs will then be paired with a Mentor from the Signature Chef Team.

The 6 Rising Star Chef' Finalists will be featured in the timesunion.com Rising Star Chef Pavilion, 3 per each Grand Tasting. Each Rising Star Chef will be recognized in the program, invited as guests to the Gala Dinner
and will be celebrated ar a meet and greet hosted by Steve Barnes at the Gala Reception.



CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PAST WINNERS:

2014 RISING STAR CHEFS

Aneesa Waheed
Tara Kitchen

Lauren Ciaglo
Henry Street Tap Room

Sean Comiskey
Druthers

Devin Ziemann
Johnny's

Michael Spain
Sperry's

Steve Kerzner
Yono's
2013 RISING STAR CHEFS

Chris Faraci
Carmen's Cafe

Brendan Horn
Jack's Oyster House (formerly)

Michael Mastrantuono
Milestone Restaurant
(Currently Mezza Notte Ristorante)

Michael Pallozzi
Carney's Tavern

Alex Ursprung
Yono's (currently at Daniel, NYC)

Zach Welton
New World Bistro Bar
2012 RISING STAR CHEFS

Vivian Brammer
Prime at Saratoga National

Elliot Cunniff
Mezza Notte Ristorante
(currently db Bistro, NYC)

Justin Engineri
Portofino's Italian Ristorante

Sarah Fish
The Hungry Fish Cafe

Nick Foster
All Good Bakers

Courtney Withey
Apertivo Bistro
2011 RISING STAR CHEFS

Mike Cohen
Chez Mike

John Grizzaffi
Garden Bistro 24

John Ireland
The Wine Bar, Saratoga (currently at Panza's)

Ed Nazario
The Edison Club

Marla Ortega
The Illium Cafe & Wine Bar

Jason Saunders
Prime at Saratoga National

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