Which Atlanta chefs made the 2018 StarChefs Rising Stars list?

Several Atlanta chefs are being recognized as "rising stars" by an industry magazine.

StarChefs quarterly Rising Stars awards "honor up-and-coming chefs and hospitality professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene."

The magazine's editorial team met with more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and artisans in Atlanta and Athens to assemble the list of honorees.

The winners will be celebrated next month at an awards ceremony and walk-around tasting open to the public.

The list of winning chefs, along with the dishes they'll prepare at the event, include:

Atlanta Chefs

Spencer Gomez, Holeman & Finch Public House

Featured Dish: Charred Napa cabbage, braised Georgia peanuts, Benton’s bacon

Jonathan Kallini, Bacchanalia

Featured Dish: Fruits de mer: monkfish liver torchon, steelhead trout belly tartare, hiramasa crudo

Jason Liang, Brush Sushi Izakaya

Featured Dish: Chasu rice: braised pork belly, rice, egg

Parnass Savang, Talat Market

Featured Dish: Hoi Thawt: crispy mussel pancake, garlic chives, carrots, bean sprouts, sriracha

Joey Ward, Gunshow

Featured Dish: Lone Mountain wagyu tartare, brioche, white truffle emulsion, egg yolk

Brett Ashcraft, Queenie's

Featured Dish: Meatloaf sausage with Coca-Cola glaze

Chef Richard Neal of Five & Ten / Photo courtesy of StarChefs

Athens Chef

Richard Neal, Five & Ten

Featured Dish: Cured turnips and radishes, boiled peanut tahini, beef fat dressing, pickled turnip, puffed beef tendon

Adam Beauchamp of Creature Comforts / Photo courtesy of StarChefs


Celebrates a chef who has established deep roots within his/her local culinary community, and dedicates his/her spare time to charity work and/or community outreach.

Adam Beauchamp, David Stein, Chris Herron, Creature Comforts Brewery

Featured Drink: Tropicalia IPA

Sarah O'Brien of Little Tart / Photo courtesy of StarChefs

Pastry Chef

Sarah O'Brien, Little Tart Bakeshop

Featured Dish: Bostock: croissant loaf, pecan frangipane, raspberries

David Chapman of Kimball House / Photo courtesy of StarChefs


David Chapman, Kimball House

Featured Dish: Cherry Martinez: Ford’s gin, Schladerer kirschwasser, Maraska maraschino, cherry-infused vermouth

Evan Milliman, Ticonderoga Club

Featured Dish: Belleville Rendevous: amer ticon, applejack, lemon, sorghum, red wine

Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt of Xocolatl / Photo courtesy of StarChefs


Jared Karr, East Pole Coffee Co.

Featured Coffee: Werka Chelchele Ethiopian coffee

Elaine Read & Matt Weyandt, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Featured Dish: Assortment of artisan chocolates

Eric Arillo, La Calavera Bakery

Featured Dish: Sourdough bread

Bryan Furman of B's Cracklin' BBQ / Photo courtesy of StarChefs


Celebrates a creative, successful, well-executed and chef-driven restaurant concept that has met with success in the local market and could be successfully expanded, either locally or nationally.

Bryan Furman, B's Cracklin' BBQ

Featured Dish: Pulled pork with peach-mustard sauce


Todd Ginsberg, Jennifer Johnson, Ben Johnson, & Shelley Sweet, The General Muir

Featured Dish: Corned beef, gruyère, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, rye bread

Melissa Davis of Staplehouse / Photo courtesy of StarChefs


Melissa Davis, Staplehouse

Pairings with winners’ dishes

Since 2002, StarChefs has held awards in 22 different cities and regions across the country, and will celebrate this class of Rising Stars in Atlanta. The most recent Atlanta Rising Stars Awards were

held in 2012.

"The best chefs in Atlanta are grafting their own heritage and style onto Southern ingredients and traditions, using Georgia pecans, sweet peppers, stone-ground grits, and peanuts," StarChefs CEO and editor-in-chief Antoinette Bruno said in a prepared statement.

Editor Caroline Hatchett also recognize the "influence of immigrant cuisines and Buford Highway on some of the city’s top kitchens."

The winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and walk-around tasting open to the public at  6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at SunTrust Park. Tickets are $125 for VIP and $85 for general admission. VIP tickets including a private reception with Nicolas Feuillatte champagne and Sturia caviar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency assistance to restaurant workers. Tickets can be purchased here.

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