The 2013 Philadelphia Rising Stars: Why They Shine
By Caroline Hatchett with Antoinette Bruno
Just as Philadelphia served as the incubator of national independence, it's now a breeding ground for independent, chef-driven restaurants. The culinary landscape—once the sole purview of the restaurant groups—is shifting as the newest generation of chefs strives to make its mark on the city. These men and women are redefining what it means to eat at BYOs, beer halls, and soda fountains. They're letting Lancaster County farmers drive menu changes, and bringing renewed excitement to the city's landmark restaurants. Bartenders are slowly convincing just-beer drinkers to sip craft cocktails, and sommeliers are proving wine service can be brilliant and fun. Philly's culinary momentum is stronger than ever, and this year's Rising Stars winners are at the heart of the action.
In the last few months, we tasted savory dishes, desserts, cocktails, and wine pairings from more than 90 talented chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers in Philadelphia. Only 19 earned the title of Rising Star. So what makes them shine?
Rising Stars have attributes that make them future leaders of the country's culinary scene. Put simply, they're not just surviving the Philadelphia restaurant industry; they're defining it with exciting cuisine, pours, and culinary concepts. So without further ado, our 2012 Philadelphia Rising Stars: who they are, why they shine, and how they're shaping the future of American cuisine.