Dec 4, 2012
StarChefs.com™, the award-winning online magazine for culinary insiders, is thrilled to announce its 2012 Hawaii Rising Stars Award recipients. The winners will be showcased at the StarChefs.com Rising Stars Revue on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Halekulani, hosted by Chef Vikram Garg of Halekulani and along with featured guest chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro. The walk-around tasting gala will give diners the opportunity to experience Hawaii’s top restaurants and sample cocktails from the winning mixologist and beverage pairings from Host Sommelier Kevin Tomaya of Halekulani, in one location, for one night only. And we’re especially excited, as this is the first year StarChefs.com has held a Rising Stars Revue in Hawaii.
“With its bountiful local pantry and cultural variety, Hawaii is an ambitious melting pot of culinary talent,” says StarChefs.com Editor-in-Chief Antoinette Bruno. “Chefs there are taking time-honored customs and turning them on their heads to create a vibrant, exciting cuisine.”
“Hawaii is about creativity and custom,” says StarChefs.com Managing Editor Will Blunt. “From island to island, chefs are balancing sophisticated, modern innovations with an underlying celebration of local food culture.”
More than 50 Hawaiian candidates were considered through in-person tastings and interviews. The 2012 Hawaii Rising Stars Award Winners are:
Christopher Kulis, Capische? (Maui) - capische.com
Featured Dish: Australian Beef Carpaccio, Horseradish Aïoli, Radish, Lemon Oil, Fried Capers, and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Andrew Le, The Pig and the Lady (Oahu) - thepigandthelady.com
Featured Dish: Pho with Betelnut Leaf-wrapped Pork Sausages
Cameron Lewark, Spago (Maui) - wolfgangpuck.com
Featured Dish: Onaga Ceviche, Green Papaya Salad, Kaffir Lime, Coconut, and Passionfruit Flower
Nick Mastrascusa, Beach Tree (Big Island) - fourseasons.com
Featured Dish: Gnocchi with Oxtail Ragout
Wade Ueoka, Alan Wong’s (Oahu) - alanwongs.com
Featured Dish: Oxtail “Soup”: Oxtail and Corned Beef Roulade, Boiled Peanuts, and Shiitake Mushrooms
Jojo Vasquez, The Plantation House Restaurant (Maui) - theplantationhouse.com
Featured Dish: Australian Lamb Rack, Eggplant Purée, and Chickpea Cake
Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Alan Wong’s (Oahu) - alanwongs.com
Featured Dish: Lilikoi Brûlée
Elizabeth McDonald, Honu Seafood & Pizza (Maui) - honumaui.com
Featured Dish: Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake
Quinten Frye, Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (Oahu) - salthonolulu.com
Featured Dish: Octopus, Chorizo, Olives, Potatoes, Compressed Grape Tomatoes, Almonds, and Kahuku Corn Purée
Doug Kocol, Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (Oahu) - salthonolulu.com
Featured Dish: Pork Rillette and Soppressata
Sheldon Simeon, Star Noodle (Maui) - starnoodle.com
Featured Dish: Hapa Ramen: Roast Pork, Poached Egg, Bamboo Shoots, Kamaboko, Bok Choi, Mayu, and Spicy Miso
Mark Noguchi, Pili Hawaii Catering (Oahu) - pilihawaii.com
Featured Dish: Ho’i’o Fiddlehead Ferns, Dried Cuttlefish, Kombu, Octopus, and Tomatoes
Ed Kenney, Town, Uptown Events (Oahu) - townkaimuki.com
Featured Dish: Cervena Venison Pipikaula with Bud Bucket Ice
David Newman, Pint + Jigger (Oahu) - pintandjigger.com
Featured Cocktail: The Whiskey Thatcher: Rye, Mint, Lime, and Flamed Pernod Rinse
Vikram Garg, Halekulani (Oahu) - halekulani.com
Featured Dish: Sumac-marinated Australian Lamb Chop and Chickpea-Tahini Purée
Kevin Tomaya, Halekulani (Oahu) - halekulani.com
Beverage Pairings with winner’s dishes
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Chai Chaowasaree, Chai’s Island Bistro - chaisislandbistro.com
Doug Kocol of Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar won the Artisan Award, presented by Hobart, for excellence in charcuterie. To augment our existing culinary and restaurateur awards, the following awards will be announced at the gala: the Restaurant of Distinction Award, presented by Steelite International, will recognize the Rising Star chef and restaurant with beautiful plating with singular style. The Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix, will be given to one influential chef who has shaped a new generation of culinary talent, locally. And in StarChefs.com’s long-running tradition, guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish of the night. The Rising Star who gets the most votes will receive a brand new Jade Range 18” commercial plancha.
Tickets are $95 per person; VIP tickets are $125, including a private reception featuring sparkling wine and Chef Garg’s Petrossian Caviar and Lemongrass Panna Cotta, beginning at 5:45pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.starchefs.com/tickets or by calling 212.966.7575. A portion of the evening’s tickets sales will be donated to the charity and culinary school partner, Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College.
Additionally, StarChefs.com will bring together Hawaii’s Rising Stars for a candid, informative, and often entertaining “How to Make It” panel, presented by HFM Foodservice and moderated by Antoinette Bruno. The panel will be held on Monday, December 3 at 11am at Kapiolani Community College (Ohia Building, Room 118). Students and working professionals will gain insight into the rewards and challenges of the culinary industry, as well as how the Rising Stars ultimately “made it” in the business.
The proud national supporters of 2012 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Awards are Meat & Livestock Australia, Steelite International, Hobart, Jade Range, Cervena Venison, Vitamix, Nordaq FRESH, Fresh Origins, and Verterra/Aspenware. Additionally, Rising Stars is made possible by the support of our local partners: Halekulani, HFM Foodservice, Hawaiian Airlines, HONOLULU Magazine, and Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College.
About Rising Stars Revue
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.com selects four American markets in which to name its Rising Stars. Candidates are nominated by the StarChefs.com Advisory Board, previous winners, local media, and the StarChefs.com website, as well as through StarChefs.com’s editorial research. Winners are then chosen by the StarChefs.com editorial team.
StarChefs.com™, the magazine for culinary insiders, has been serving the restaurant industry since 1995. StarChefs.com’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.com’s Culinary JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry. StarChefs.com™ 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.
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