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NOMINATIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 6, 2016


Nominations should be submitted on Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping Blog beginning September 6, 2016 through October 6th, 2016.



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

Nominations will be reviewed by the ACFAWF BOD and the top 10 semi-finalists will be announced on October 13th, 2016. The top 10 finalists will participate in the October 13th Mayor’s press conference. Profiles of the Top Ten will be added to the ACFAWF website.

Voting will begin on AlbanyWineFest.com on October 13h through November 1st. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PAST WINNERS:



2016 RISING STAR CHEFS

Anna Weisheit
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Dan Sala
Kingsway Community

Ken McCorry
Angelo’s 677 Prime

Lou Agostinello
Athos

Nicholas Armstrong
The Merry Monk Saratoga

Stephanie Gaddy
Soul Kitchen Albany


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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