2014 StarChefs.com Los Angeles Rising Stars Gala

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The newest class of Rising Stars will be showcased at the StarChefs.com Rising Stars Gala on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Vibiana with an Awards Ceremony at 6:30pm, followed by a Tasting Gala from 7 - 9:30pm.

The walk-around tasting gala gives attendees the opportunity to experience 20 of Los Angeles’s top chefs and restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by our winning sommelier and bartenders, in one location, for one night only.

General Admission tickets are $95 per person.

VIP tickets are $125 and include a private VIP Reception with sparkling wine and Petrossian Caviar, beginning at 5:45pm.

2014 StarChefs.com Los Angeles Rising Stars Award winners:


Cole Dickinson of Ink

Featured Dish: Octopus, Kelp Pasta, and Fennel

Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga of The Hart and the Hunter

Featured Dish: Barbecued Gulf Oysters with Chile-Garlic Butter

Ori Menashe of Bestia

Featured Dish: Chicken Gizzards, Beets, Endive, and Capra Sarda

Niki Nakayama of n/naka

Featured Dish: Scallop, Uni, Strawberry, Yuzu, and Nori

Bryant Ng of The Spice Table

Featured Dish: Jellyfish Salad, Chicken, and Crispy Rice

Atsushi Takatsuki of MB Post

Featured Dish: Pig Tail-Shimp Tail Dumplings

Ari Taymor of Alma

Featured Dish: Australian Wagyu, Turnips, Truffled Walnut, and Wasabi

Jonathan Whitener of Animal

Featured Dish: Fried Rabbit, Carolina Gold Rice, and Sour Cream Gravy

Pastry Chefs

Carlos Enriquez of Patina Restaurant Group

Featured Dish: Blackforest Cake

Kei Hasegawa of Matsuhisa

Featured Dish: Green Tea Shaved Ice, Adzuki Beans, Ice Cream, and Mochi

David Rodriguez of Providence

Featured Dish: Sunchokes, Spiced Genoise, Dulcey Crémeux, and Cocoa Nibs

Community Chef

Jessica Koslow of Sqirl

Featured Dish: Sorrel Rice Bowl

Concept Chef

Alvin Cailan of Eggslut

Featured Dish: The Fairfax Egg Sandwich

Sustainability Chef

Miles Thompson of Allumette

Featured Dish: Gnochetti and Wood Pigeon Ragù


Chef Jeff Mahin of Stella Barra Pizzeria

Featured Dish: Parmesan Cream White Pizza with Spinach and Kale

Artisan Baker

Nicole Rucker of Gjelina Takeaway

Featured Dish: Pork and Peas Pie

Artisan Butchers

Erika Nakamura & Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy

Featured Dish: Charcuterie Board

Artisan Roaster

Charlie Habegger of Handsome Coffee Roasters


Devon Tarby of Honeycut

Featured Cocktail: Four to the Floor

Community Bartender

Kiowa Bryan of Eveleigh

Featured Cocktail: Bols on Parade


Rob Harpest of Bouchon

Pairings with winners’ dishes

Taylor Parsons of République

Pairings with winners’ dishes

Host Chefs

Neil Fraser of Vibiana

Petrossian Caviar

David Padilla of On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge

Featured Dish: Cured Salmon, Radishes, Cucumber, Shiso, and Citrus

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