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Andrew Weissman Wins Mentor Award


Andrew Weissman

Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno and the Sandbar, both at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., won the Mentor Award this week from StarChefs.com during the website’s first Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars awards party.

Weissman, who originally owned Le Rêve, was cited for shaping a new generation of local talent. Some of the people who have worked for Weissman include Doug Horn of Dough, Chris Carlson of the Sandbar, Byron Bergeron of Fig Tree Restaurant, and Michael Sohocki, whose Restaurant Gwendolyn is in the former Le Rêve location at 152 E. Pecan St.

Sohocki was honored by StarChefs for Sustainability Chef. Jason Dady was one of two Restaurateurs of the Year, with Austin’s Tyson Cole. Jeret Pea of the Esquire Tavern and Quealy Watson of the Monterey were also among the San Antonians honored.

It’s been a busy week for Weissman, who also cooked Wednesday for 65 guest chefs and members of the Culinary Institute of America’s board. The list included Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s, and Charlie Palmer, all of whom were filled with praise for the dinner at Il Sogno.

Weissman hadn’t met Yamaguchi before and really enjoyed talking with the chef, known for showcasing the seafood of the Hawaiian islands in spectacular ways.

For more information on Il Sogno, call (210) 223-3900.

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Il Sogno to Host CIA Board, Star Chef/Restaurateurs


Il Sogno will host a CIA meeting Wednesday.

Il Sogno Osteria will be closed to the public because of a private dinner Wednesday.

Chef/owner Andrew Weissman says that the CIA Board of Trustees will be dining there that evening.

Expected to be among the 70 or so people at the contemporary Italian restaurant in the Pearl Brewery will be three nationally high-profile chef/restaurateurs: Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s and Charlie Palmer, who has a collection of eponymous restaurants.

“I’ve eaten at the French Laundry (Keller’s famous Napa, Calif. restaurant) five times,” Weissman said. “This is the first time I will get to cook for him.”

Weissman sent the news out on Twitter Friday afternoon:  “Just confirmed, will be cooking for Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer and Roy Yamaguchi next week. #excitedashell

Il Sogno is at the Pearl, at 200 E. Grayson St.

 

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