Honor roll

7 Austin culinary all-stars nab best up-and-coming chef award

7 Austin culinary all-stars nab best up-and-coming chef award

Chef Kevin Fink Austin Emmer & Rye landscape headshot 2016
Chef Kevin Fink from Emmer & Rye was among the lauded. Photo by Hayden Spears
StarChefs Rising Stars Adam Brick
Adam Brick's artful dish for StarChefs Rising Stars gala plays with a variety of corn flavors.  Photo courtesy of StarChefs
StarChefs Rising Stars Ben Krink
Benjamin Krick's cocktail for Rising Stars plays on the traditions gin and tonic. Photo courtesy of StarChefs
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Tavel Bristol-Joseph's playful chocolate-cheddar tart will provide a sweet finish to the StarChefs awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of StarChefs
Chef Kevin Fink Austin Emmer & Rye landscape headshot 2016
StarChefs Rising Stars Adam Brick
StarChefs Rising Stars Ben Krink
StarChefs Rising Stars Tavel Bristol-Josepg

We all know the Austin and San Antonio culinary scenes are among the most exciting in the nation, but far too seldom do industry professionals have the opportunity to honor their own.

That’s why the StarChefs Rising Stars Awards are held in such esteem. The restaurant industry magazine selected the winners after meeting with over 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, artisans, and sommeliers in both cities before deciding who got the nod.

On Thursday, November 9, the magazine announced the honorees for this year's class of Rising Stars — a group of chefs and other hospitality pros who are at the forefront of our nation's dining culture.

The winners will be celebrated at a lavish, open-to-the-public ceremony and tasting to be held December 13 at Fair Market, featuring signature bites and sips from their restaurants. Considering it's the first time StarChefs has made a stop in the region since 2012, this is definitely a party food obsessives will not want to miss — especially the VIP private reception with Sturia Caviar.

Buried in the announcement was another food news tidbit: Chef Damien Brockway, who left Counter 3. Five. VII at the end of October, is listed as working with P6, one of the restaurants that will be opening when the downtown Radisson reopens as The Line ATX.

The list of winners and the featured dishes and drinks they will be serving at the gala includes:

Chefs
Tatsu Aikawa (Kemuri Tatsu-Ya — Austin)
Featured dish: BBQ Tsukemen Ramen: smoked brisket, pork broth, black garlic, smoked jalapeño, soft egg
Adam Brick (Vino Vino — Austin)
Featured dish: James Brown's heirloom corn crepe, hominy, sweet corn, Jimmy Red grits, sweet corn butter, roasted farm chile, epazote, hoja santa, black garlic-huitlacoche puree, and shaved serranos
Damien Brockway (P6 at the Line ATX — Austin)
Featured dish: Kanpachi, lemon, koji, native sunflower
Kevin Fink and Page Pressley (Emmer & Rye — Austin)
Featured dish: White Sonora gondolini, ricotta, tomato water, basil
Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie — Austin)
Featured dish: Boiled peanuts, benne oil honey mustard, buttermilk, Austrian green pea hummus
Max Snyder (Pitchfork Pretty — Austin)
Featured dish: Yucca dumpling, Oaxaca cheese, red radish escabeche, coconut oil

Pastry Chefs
Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer & Rye — Austin)
Featured dish: Chocolate-cheddar tart, orange marmalade, candied pecans, dried berries
Daniela Herrera (Counter 3. Five. VII. — Austin)
Featured dish: Popcorn ice cream, caramel, cheddar snow, Sturia caviar, black lime

Artisans
Bryan Butler and Ben Runkle (Salt & Time — Austin)
Featured dish: Salumi board featuring desert oregano salami
Joe Mohrfield (Pinthouse Pizza — Austin)
Featured beer: Electric Jellyfish IPA
Clancy Rose (Wild Gift — Austin)
Featured drinks: Ethiopian natural process coffee and a coffee cocktail featuring Grey Goose vodka
Miguel Vidal (Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ — Austin)
Featured dish: The Real Deal Holyfield brisket taco

Bartenders
Madelyn Kay (VOX Table — Austin)
Featured cocktail: Blueberry Yum Yum: Botanist gin, Olorosso sherry, Bols genever, blueberry-rooibos claret syrup, citrus, Bolivar bitters, salt
Benjamin Krick (Juniper Tar — San Antonio)
Featured cocktail: Portuguese gin and tonic: White port, Broker's gin, lime cordial, Fever Tree Indian tonic

Restaurateur
Chad Carey (Empty Stomach Group — San Antonio)
Featured dish: Miso-aged Lone Mountain wagyu, brown rice risotto, roasted mushrooms, sanscho butter

Community Chefs
Pieter Sypesteyn (Cookhouse — San Antonio)
Featured dish: Boudin Balls
Fiore Tedesco (L'Oca d'Oro — Austin)
Featured dish: Parmigiana, mozzarella, pomodoro sauce

Concept
Charlie Biedenharn, Jeremy Mandrell, Anne Ng (Bakery Lorraine — San Antonio)
Featured dish: Strawberry toaster pastry with macaron sprinkles

Sommelier
Steven Dilley (Bufalina — Austin)
Pairings with winners’ dishes