STARCHEFS ANNOUNCES 2016 SOUTH FLORIDA RISING STARS AWARD WINNERS
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Experience the City’s Best Young Chefs at a Tasting Gala on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 StarChefs, the restaurant industry trends magazine, announces its 2016 South Florida Rising Stars Awards, honoring up-and-coming chefs and hospitality professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. From the Keys to Jupiter, the StarChefs team visited more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and artisans. “Wynwood and the Biscayne Corridor have supplanted South Beach as food destinations—even Coral Gables and Downtown have emerging scenes,” said Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs. “It’s a sure sign that locals, instead of tourists, are driving restaurant business, and they’re making it possible for young chefs to build successful, community-oriented businesses.” “There’s no defining cuisine at the top of the market,” said Will Blunt, managing editor of StarChefs. “Whether it’s traditional Vietnamese or high-end and conceptual, the best food in South Florida is personal. It’s not trendy or derivative—and it has attitude.” The winners will be honored at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on Wednesday, April 13 at Marlins Park, beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30pm and followed by a tasting gala from 7:15pm to 9:30pm. Guests will experience 20 of South Florida’s most exciting restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by the winning sommeliers and bartenders, in one location for one night only—hosted by Levy Restaurants. General Admission is $85.00 per person. VIP tickets are $125.00 which includes a private VIP reception with a Cava tasting and Northern Divine Caviar, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on their website at http://www.starchefs.com/cook/risingstars. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit food bank that distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year. More than 98 percent of all donations are put back into the community. Learn more at feedingsouthflorida.org.
 
 

The 2016 StarChefs South Florida Rising Stars Award Winners are:

 

Chefs

Alex Chang | Vagabond | @VagabondFood 

Featured dish: Sweet Bread Milanese, Country Ham, Swiss Cheese Foam, and Mustard

 

Jimmy Everett | Valentino Cucina Italiana | @ValentinoCucina 

Featured dish: Cauliflower Panna Cotta, White Chocolate, Caviar, and Micro Chives

 

Brad Kilgore | Alter | @brad_kilgore 

Featured dish: Blue Crab Shumai, Thai Green Curry, Culantro, Kumquat, and Rice Crisps

 

Diego Oka | La Mar | @diegooka 

Featured dish: Beet-Potato Causa, King Crab, Huancaina, and Salmon Roe

 

Niven Patel | Michael's Genuine | @michaelsgenuine 

Featured dish: Short Rib, Romesco, Hazelnuts, and Roasted Cipollinis

 

Phuket Thongsodchareondee | Cake Thai Kitchen | @cakethai 

Featured dish: Fried Yellowtail and Choo Chee Curry

 

Cesar Zapata | The Federal | @CeeRoks 

Featured dish: Banh Can, Ground Pork, Shrimp, Chinese Sausage, Chiles, and Nouc Mam

 

Hotel Chef

Rick Mace | Cafe Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel | @CafeBouludPB

Featured dish: Assortment of Charcuterie featuring Chicken Liver Mousse

 

Community Chef

William Crandall | Izzy's Fish and Oyster | @wrcrandall 

Featured dish: Hot Lobster Roll and Lobster Butter Bernaise

 

Pastry Chefs 

Sylvain Bortolini | Faena Hotel Miami Beach | @FaenaMiami 

Featured dish: Chambord-Almond Jocund, Raspberry Mousse, and Sablé

 

Megan Pidgeon | Glazed Donuts  

Featured dish: Key Lime Pie Donut

 

Artisans

Rauf Khoffner | Khoffner Brewery| @KhoffnerUSA 

Featured beers: Riot Blood Irish Red Lager and Cream Head Cream Ale

 

Steve Santana | Taquiza | @SliceDiceCode 

Featured dish: Totopos and Guacamole

 

Zak Stern | Zak the Baker | @zakthebaker 

Featured bread: Country Sourdough

 

Brandon Wells  | Wells Coffee Co. | @WellsCoffees

Featured coffee: Brazil Cerrado Mineiro

 

Bartenders 

Gui Jaroschy  | Broken Shaker | @TheBrokenShaker 

Featured drink: Tequila, Mezcal, Shishito Pepper Vinegar, Lime, Morita Chile Syrup, and Cucumber

 

Christian Rolon | Regent Cocktail Club | @TheRegentCC 

Featured drink: Il Viaggiatore: Fernet Branca, Cognac, Vemouth, Dry Curaçao, Mole Bitters, and Orange Swath

 

Sommeliers

Jeremy Broto-Mur | Cafe Boulud | @CafeBouludPB

Pairings with winners’ dishes

 

Daniel Toral | 50 Eggs | @GinAndButter 

Pairings with winners’ dishes

 

Restauranteur

José Mendín, Sergio Navarro and Andreas Schreiner | Pubbelly Restaurant Group | @ChefMendin 

Featured dish: Suckling Pig, Fennel-Apple Salad, and Green Apple Purée                              

Concept

Jeff Latulippe | DIRT | @DirtEatClean 

Featured dish: Beet and Goat Cheese Toast

 

Host Chef

Vince Navarrete | Levy Restaurants | @LevyRestaurants (Marlins Park)

Featured dish: VIP Reception Hors D’oeuvres featuring Northern Divine Caviar