Industry publication StarChefs has returned its focus to the Austin-San Antonio corridor for the first time in five years, this week handing out their Rising Stars awards to local culinary talent.
This year’s crop of winners includes Kevin Fink and Page Pressley of Emmer & Rye (#5 in our Dining Guide), Tatsu Aikawa of Kemuri tatsu-Ya (#9 in our Dining Guide); Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro (#8 in our Dining Guide), Adam Brick, the former Apis chef who recently announced he has joined as a partner at the soon-to-change Vino Vino; former counter 357 executive chef Damien Brockway; Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie (#1 in our Dining Guide); and Max Snyder of Pitchfork Pretty (#11 in our Dining Guide).
To celebrate the newly named Rising Stars, StarChefs will host an awards ceremony and tasting event on December 13 at Fair Market in East Austin. The event will feature tastings from all of the honored chefs, as well as pastry chef winners Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer & Rye) and Daniela Herrera (Counter 357) and other winners in the artisan and beverage categories. For the evening’s complete menu, visit starchefs.com.
Tickets cost $85 ($125 for VIP tickets) and can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community.