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2015 Rising Star
Chef Competition




Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival would like your nominations for Rising Star Chefs for the January 15 – 17, 2015 Festival. We want to know who you think are the most talented, innovative, up and coming chefs in the Capital District!


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

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A CHEF!

Nominations should be submitted on Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping Blog beginning September 12, 2014 through October 3rd, 2014.

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.



CONGRATUATIONS TO OUR 2014 WINNERS!






Aneesa Waheed
Tara Kitchen






Lauren Ciaglo

15 Church
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PAST WINNERS:


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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