Rising Stars Gala 2011

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen extended recovery time from my Coolsculpting demo (more on that in a later post!), I was not able to fully attend StarChefs this year.  However, I did make it to the Rising Stars Gala which is always one of the best food events of the year!

This years chefs and their dishes were:  Joe Campanale of Dell’Anima, L’Artusi, and Anfora Raclette with Sopresata, Potatoes, Ciabatta, and Mustards, Aaron Chambers of Boulud SudOctopus a la Plancha, Marcona Almonds, Arugula, and Jerez Vinaigrette, Yuhi Fujinaga of Bar BasqueSpanish Mackerel Escabeche, Shawn Gawie of CortonBlack Sesame Royale, Concord Grape-Yuzu Granite and Cocoa Nib-Sesame Crumble, Vikas Khanna of JunoonLamb Matke Wala, Hooni Kim of DanjiSpicy Pork Belly Sliders with Scallion Salsa, Shuna Lydon of Peels3 of 1 Cream Pie:  Roasted Bananas, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Custard and Chantilly, Jenny McCoy of CraftRaspberry-Pistachio Clafoutis, Lavender Ice Cream, and Pistachio Nougatine, John Mooney of Bell, Book, & CandleCervena Venison and Black Bean Chili with Vintage Cheddar, Jesse Schenker of Recette Austrailian Beef Carpaccio, Burrata, Tomato Jam, Porcini Puree ad Watercress, Adam Schop of NuelaPeruvian Chicken, Aji Verde, Huancaina Sauce, and Papas Fritas, Hillary Sterling of A VoceCaprino Gnocchi, Brussels Sprouts, and Speck.

And as usual, my favorite dishes were not the winners.  My picks were the positively orgasmic dessert dishes from Jenny McCoy of Craft and Shawn Gawie of Corton.

What is a Rising Star?

The Rising Stars are chosen annually by the Advisory Board, which is made up of more than 20 of the country’s top chefs.  Final decisions are based on in-person interviews and tastings with the nominees.  The up-and-coming Rising Star Chefs represent the vanguard of America’s contemporary dining scene and are featured on  Ultimately, creativity, ambition, exquisite presentation, and most importantly, delicious food, gains a participating chef the StarChefs Rising Stars Award.

About Star Chefs

StarChefs™ is an award-winning online magazine, serving the food service industry and food aficionados since 1995. The site receives 20 million hits/ 10 million page views/ 500,000 unique visitors/month and has won Best of the Web awards from, among others, U.S. News Online, USA Today, Brill’s Content, and Lycos.

What was originally intended as a home on the web for super-star celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Todd English has grown over the last decade to become THE foodservice industry insider site – with a clear focus on working chefs. is about identifying and featuring the best chefs in the industry – not because they are on TV, but because they are talented, innovative, passionate, and driven individuals, who contribute greatly to our culinary community.  StarChefs’ mission is to serve as a catalyst for culinary professionals to succeed at the highest possible standard, and to give them the tools that they need to meet and overcome the many challenges they face.


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I am a proud blogger/influencer of 16 years and founder of the Henley Content Lab for content creators from underserved communities, who are 45 and over. I am also the founder of Chateau Canna and Cannappetit. I am also an aunt to 12 and human to Bodhi and Yoko Rey.

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