StarChefs.com has announced its 2012 Austin–San Antonio Rising Stars award winners, including several favorite names from the San Antonio dining scene.
The winners will be showcased at the StarChefs.com Rising Stars Revue at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Driskill Hotel in Austin. The walk-around tasting gala, , hosted by Chef Jonathan Gelman of Driskill Grill, will give diners the opportunity to eat their way through a series of Austin and San Antonio’s restaurants and sample beverage pairings by the winning sommelier and mixologist.
This is the first year StarChefs.com has held a Rising Stars Revue in Austin-San Antonio.
More than 60 Austin-San Antonio candidates were considered through in-person tastings and interviews.
The 2012 Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars Award Winners, with San Antonio winners in bold:
David Bull, Congress Austin
Ned Elliott, Foreign & Domestic
Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine
Rene Ortiz, La Condesa
Paul Qui, Uchiko
Quealy Watson, The Monterey
Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo
Plinio Sandalio, Carillon
Philip Speer, Uchiko
Michael Sohocki, Restaurant Gwendolyn
Josh Watkins, Carillon
John Bates and Brandon Martinez, Noble Pig
Tyson Cole, Uchi, Uchi Houston and Uchiko
Jason Dady, Bin 555, Tre Trattoria, and Two Bros. BBQ Market
June Rodil, Congress Austin
Jeret Peña, The Esquire Tavern
The Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix, will be given to an influential chef who has shaped a new generation of culinary talent locally. It will be announced at the gala, along with a Brewer Award. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish of the night. The Rising Star who garners the most votes will receive a Jade Range 18-inch commercial plancha.
Tickets are $85 per person; VIP tickets are $125 and include a private reception with Champagne and Petrossian caviar, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.starchefs.com/tickets or by calling 212-966-7575.