StarChefs 2011 Rising Star Awards Gala

STARCHEFS.COM ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER 2011 PORTLAND, OREGON RISING STAR AWARD WINNERS

StarChefs, the award-winning online magazine for culinary insiders, is thrilled to announce its Portland Rising Stars winners for 2011. The winning chefs will be showcased at the StarChefs Rising Stars Revue on Monday, December 5, 2011, from 7pm to 10pm at The Nines Hotel. Hosted by Chef Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer, the walk-around tasting gala gives diners the opportunity to sample dishes from StarChefs’s Portland tastings, with beverage pairings by the winning sommeliers and mixologists, in one location, for one night only. This is the first year StarChefs has held a Rising Star Revue in Portland.

The Rising Stars awards recognize up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists from around the country that represent future leaders of the national culinary scene. Each year StarChefs selects four American cities in which to name its Rising Stars. Candidates are nominated by the StarChefs Advisory Board, previous winners, local media, and the StarChefs website, as well as through StarChefs’s editorial research. Winners are then chosen by the StarChefseditorial team.

The 2011 Portland Rising Stars Award Winners Are:

CHEFS
Aaron Barnett, St. Jack
Greg Perrault, June
Sarah Pliner, Kat Whitehead, and Jasper Shen, Aviary
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast
William Preisch, The Bent Brick
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon

SUSTAINABILITY CHEF
Sunny Jin, The Jory, Allison Inn & Spa

COMMUNITY CHEF
Jenn Louis, Lincoln

CONCEPT CHEF
Salumist Elias Cairo, Olympic Provisions

HOTEL CHEF
Andy Arndt, Aquariva at Avalon Hotel & Spa

PASTRY CHEFS
Kir Jensen, The Sugar Cube
Kristen D. Murray, Paley’s Place

BAKERY
Tim Healea, Little T American Baker

SOMMELIERS
Jack Hott, Castagna

MIXOLOGISTS
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Clyde Common

RESTAURATEUR
Kurt Huffman, ChefStable

HOST CHEF
Matt Christianson, Urban Farmer

Tickets for the 2011 Portland Rising Stars Revue are $85 per person; VIP tickets are $125 and include a private reception with tasting preview, Champagne, and Petrossian caviar, beginning at 6pm.

The proud sponsors of the 2011 StarChefs Portland Rising Stars Awards are: The Nines Hotel, Nicky USA, Clyde Common, Meat & Livestock Australia, Jade, Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, US Foodservice, Steelite International, Winston Industries, Cervena Venison, Nordaq Fresh, Emmi Roth USA, Waring Commercial, Vitamix, Blodgett, Verterra, and Aspen Ware. The local media partner is Portland Monthly Magazine.

About StarChefs
StarChefs™, the magazine for culinary insiders, has been serving the restaurant industry since 1995. StarChefs’s original culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the world. Its mission is to catalyze culinary professionals’ success and give them the tools they need to overcome their specific challenges. In addition to featuring top chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, StarChefs’s Culinary JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry. StarChefs™ features more than 30,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content, and it generates traffic of over 30 million hits a month and has been nominated for Best Web Site for Food and Nutrition by the James Beard Foundation.

DETAILS

2011 Portland Rising Stars Tasting Gala and Awards Ceremony
Monday, December 5, 2011

6:30pm – 9:30pm
VIP Reception at 6pm
Awards Ceremony at 6:30pm
Tasting Gala to follow

the Nines Hotel
525 Southwest Morrison
Portland, OR 97204

Tickets: $85 General Admission; $125 VIP*
*Private reception with Cava, Seattle Caviar, and Prosciutto di Parma.

BUY TICKETS HERE

» Click here to view the Rising Stars and their award-wining dishes