Chefs & Restaurants

2020 Signature Chefs

Headliners for the Grand Gala Reception & Dinner and participating in the Grand Tasting, these Chefs have had an iconic presence in the Capital Region, maintaining the highest standards of culinary excellence in their restaurants. They have all committed to the community with participation in hundreds of charitable events between them.

2020 Rising Star Chef Winners

Congratulations to our Rising Star Chefs!



Rising Star Chefs 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
The new 2020 Rising Star Chefs will be featured at the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival Hopping Rising Star Chef Pavilion on January 17th and 18th.


The public was able to vote on their top chef over the course of four weeks, while Board Members took turns performing unannounced tastings at the various chefs’ restaurants. All the votes and tasting grades were tabulated to announce this year’s winners:
Raymond Galka,
Chef de Partie


Hector Aquino,
Executive Sous Chef


Colin Miner,
Chef de Cuisine

 Park 26

Harley Bleitzhofer,
Executive Chef

 The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Kevin Myers,
Chef / Owner

 Ribbon Cafe

James Hughes,
Sous Chef

 The Adelphi Hotel

Click here to view past winners.

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