R.I. chefs make strong showing in 2014 StarChefs regional awards
CHEF MATT JENNINGS of Farmstead Inc. in Providence is one of 13 Rhode Island chefs recognized in the 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Stars Awards. The winners represent “the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene” in New England, the magazine said.
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island chefs snagged 10 of this year’s 27 Coastal New England Rising Stars Awards, according to industry trends magazine StarChefs.com.
StarChefs annually honors up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent “the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene” in New England.
Award winners come from areas as diverse as Portland, Maine; Dover, N.H.; Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. The magazine’s editorial team visited more than 150 chefs and artisans across 25 cities and small towns in-person tastings and interviews.
“The New England coast is the place to go to be close to the land, sea and real food people,” observed Antoinette Bruno, CEO and editor-in-chief of StarChefs. “Chefs and artisans are opening single-minded restaurants and concepts, and the community has their back.”
The winners will be showcased at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on April 15 at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and followed by a tasting gala from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“With its vibrant, close-knit professional culinary community, Providence (and greater Rhode Island) is a fitting host for this celebration of the region’s next generation of market leaders,” said Will Blunt, the magazine’s managing editor.
A walk-around tasting gala will give the audience the opportunity to experience 20 dishes and beverages from New England’s top chefs and restaurants. General admission costs $95 per person. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private VIP reception with champagne and Petrossian caviar, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Chef Kevin Hale of the Providence Biltmore Hotel will be the host for the event.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a nonprofit that provides food to people in need and promotes long-term hunger solutions.