It’s awards season — that time of year when chef and restaurants are recognized for their achievements. The James Beard winners will be announced next month and StarChefs.com has announced its 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars.
Each year StarChefs.com chooses four cities around the country for which they name Rising Stars, the future leaders of the culinary scene. This year, the group conducted interviews and personal tastings with 80 of Atlanta’s culinary professionals before selecting award winners. In a press release, StarChefs.com editor-in-chief Antoinette Bruno said, “We’ve found a creative, eclectic and burgeoning culinary landscape in Atlanta. It’s the heart of farm-to-table, artisanal product and historical cooking. This city is the epitome of Southern cuisine.”
Atlanta’s 2012 Rising Stars include:
These individuals will be recognized at the Rising Stars Gala on June 13 at the Goat Farm Arts Center. It will be hosted by chef Zach Meloy of Pushstart Kitchen and will feature tastings by the Rising Stars paired with beverages prepared by the winning mixologist and sommelier.
During the gala, additional awards will be presented, including Restaurant of Distinction for “beautiful plating with singular style,” the Mentor Award given to “one influential chef who has shaped a new generation of local culinary talent,” the Artisan Award and coffee/brewer awards. Guests at the event will also vote for their favorite dish of the evening, determining the winner of a Jade Range 18” commercial plancha.
Congrats to the Atlanta talent recognized! Is there anyone else you think should have been included?
Rising Stars Gala: 6-9:30 p.m. June 13, The Goat Farm Arts Center. Tickets $85, $125 VIP. Purchase tickets online.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog