2009 StarChefs International Chefs Congress Innovator Awards

Nominees for Community Award presented by Vita-Mix Corporation


Previous winner: Charlie Trotter
Community Award presented by Vita-Mix Corporation


The Community Award honors chefs who are consistently active in their local communities, and to whom community involvement is an essential part of their professional mission. They are generous with their knowledge, resources, and time, making them role models to other chefs. And they reach out to fellow chefs whenever possible to strengthen the bonds of their culinary community and beyond.

Nominees
Michael Anthony
Dan Barber
Franklin Becker
David Burke
RJ Cooper
Traci Des Jardins
Duskie Estes
Maria Hines
Peter Hoffman
Andy Husbands
Donald Link
Danny Meyer
Rick Moonen
Audrey Saunders
Barton Seaver
Mindy Segal
Tommy Wolfe

Nominees for Mentor Award presented by True Food Service Equipment


Previous winner: Daniel Boulud
Mentor Award presented by True Food Service Equipment


The Mentor Award recognizes chefs who are instrumental in supporting young cooks in their quest for success. Through their commitment to hands-on education both within and outside of their kitchens, these chefs work to shape the next generation of culinary leaders.

Nominees
Mario Batali
David Bouley
David Burke
Gary Danko
Tom Douglas
Wylie Dufresne
Rick Moonen
Masaharu Morimoto
Ken Oringer
Charlie Palmer
Jacques Pepin
Stephan Pyles
Michel Richard
Holly Smith
Jacques Torres


Nominees for Contribution to American Cuisine Award presented by Wisconsin Cheese



Previous winner: Larry Forgione
Contribution to American Cuisine Award presented by Vulcan-Hart


The Contribution to American Cuisine Award honors chefs whose culinary vision and accomplishments have changed the face of American cuisine for the better. Keeping in mind the diverse identity of American food, these chefs have cultivated new strengths and ideas and brought them to the forefront of the culinary world.

Nominees
Michael Anthony
Dan Barber
Franklin Becker
David Burke
RJ Cooper
Traci Des Jardins
Duskie Estes
Maria Hines
Peter Hoffman
Andy Husbands
Donald Link
Danny Meyer
Rick Moonen
Audrey Saunders
Barton Seaver
Mindy Segal
Tommy Wolfe