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2014 RISING STAR CHEFS




2014 Rising Star Chef Competition presented by timesunion.com

All nominees were asked to meet a minimum of two points of the following criteria as well
as complete a stringent application process:
  • 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
  • Chef that promote and utilize local produce and ingredients whenever possible


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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