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CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEARS WINNERS!

YOUR 2016 RISING STAR CHEFS


Anna Weisheit
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Dan Sala
Rocco’s

Ken McCorry
Angelo’s 677 Prime

Lou Agostinello
Athos

Nicholas Armstrong
The Merry Monk Saratoga

Stephanie Gaddy
Soul Kitchen Albany

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

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 20th, 2015. 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:

2015 RISING STAR CHEFS

DEREK ADAMS

CHRIS DORE
Mingle on the Avenue

DAN PASSAMONTE
The Barrelhouse

IAN BROWER
Capital City Gastropub

IAN O'LEARY
The Gingerman

RORY MORAN
Comfort Kitchen

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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