StarChefs.com Announces 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars

May 18, 2012 Industry News
Industry News

StarChefs.com, the award-winning online magazine for culinary insiders, is thrilled to announce its 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars award winners. The winners will be showcased at the 38th StarChefs.com Rising Stars Gala on June 13, 2012, from 6–9:30 p.m. at the Goat Farm Arts Center, a historic site that now houses a major visual and performing arts center.

Hosted by Chef Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina and Shayne Vaughan of eleven at Loews Hotel Atlanta, the walk-around tasting gala will give local food lovers the opportunity to taste the talents of Atlanta’s Rising Stars Chefs and sample beverage pairings by the winning sommelier and mixologist, in one location, for one incredible night only.

Through its partnership with the Goat Farm Arts Center, not only will StarChefs.com showcase the city’s best cuisine, they’ll do it in conjunction with acclaimed local artist David Baerwalde.

For his most recent Arts Center exhibition, an installation of “delicious objects,” Baerwalde has reclaimed and reconfigured anonymous bits of scrap material and waste—everything from wood and sawdust to honey and coffee grounds—transforming the detritus of the Goat Farm’s recent evolution into simple, elegant pieces that express the locale. The exhibition is the perfect companion to a night celebrating local culinary talents, products, and daring creativity.

“We've found a creative, eclectic, burgeoning culinary landscape in Atlanta,” says StarChefs.com Editor-in-Chief Antoinette Bruno. “It’s the heart of farm-to-table, artisanal product, and historical cooking. This city is the epitome of Southern cuisine.”

More than 80 Atlanta culinary professionals were considered through in-person tastings and interviews. The 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars Award Winners are: 

CHEFS

Shane Devereux, The Lawrence

Ryan Smith, Empire State South

Adam Evans, JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Andy Carson, Bacchanalia

Tyler Williams, Abattoir 
Robert Phalen, One Eared Stag

Guy Wong, Miso Izakaya

ATHENS CHEF

Peter Dale, The National

PASTRY CHEFS

Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene

Chrysta Poulos, Woodfire Grill

SUSTAINABILITY

Terry Koval, Farm Burger

ATHENS SUSTAINABILITY CHEF

Whitney Otawka, Farm 255

ARTISAN CHEF

Todd Immel, Star Provisions’ Meat Department

HOTEL CHEF

Anthony Gray, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Buckhead 

CONCEPT CHEF

Richard Blais, HD1 and Flip Burger

COMMUNITY CHEF

Taria Camerino, Sugar-Coated Radical

RETAURATEUR

Brian Lewis, STG Trattoria and Bocado

SOMMELIER

Seth Roskind, 4th & Swift

MIXOLOGIST

Miles Macquarrie, Leon’s Full Service

HOST CHEFS

Chad Clevenger, Alma Cocina

Shayne Vaughan, Loews Hotel Atlanta

 

In Atlanta, StarChefs.com will present its Restaurant of Distinction Award, presented by Steelite International. The award recognizes a Rising Star who demonstrates beautiful plating with singular style.

Additionally, the craftsman spirit of Atlanta inspired StarChefs.com to augment its existing culinary and restaurateur awards with an Artisan Award, presented by Hobart, as well as Rising Star Brewer and Coffee awards.

The Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix, will also be given to one influential chef who has shaped a new generation of local culinary talent.

The Mentor, Brewer, and Coffee awards will be announced at the gala. And in our long-running tradition, guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish of the night. The Rising Star who garners the most votes will receive a brand new Jade Range 18” commercial plancha.

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