2017 StarChefs Colorado Rising Stars

2017 StarChefs Colorado Rising Stars


Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


City Hall
1144 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

5:45pm VIP Reception  
6:30pm Awards Ceremony
Emcee: Keegan Gerhard
7:15pm to 9:30pm Gala Tasting

$85 General Admission 
Enjoy 18 dishes, 18 beverage pairings, and 4 signature cocktails

$125 VIP Reception* 
*Also includes private reception featuring Cava and Sturia Caviar



Rising Stars Award Winners


Samuel Charles and Marcus Eng 
The Way Back | Denver

Alex Figura and Spencer White
Dio Mio | Denver

Max MacKissock
Bar Dough  | Denver

Jorel Pierce
Crafted Concepts | Denver

Cindhura Reddy 
Spuntino | Denver 

Matthew Vawter 
Mercantile Dining & Provision | Denver

Community Chef

Kelly Whitaker
Basta | Boulder

Pastry Chefs

Alberto Hernandez
Frasca Food & Wine, Pizzeria Locale | Boulder

Gonzo Jimenez and David Lewis
Miette et Chocolat | Aurora

Host Chefs

Chris Starkus
Urban Farmer Steakhouse | Denver

Chris Meier
Occasions Catering


Bryan Dayton and Steven Redzikowski
Acorn, Brider, and Oak at Fourteenth | Denver-Boulder



Spencer Bowie, Aldo Ramirez Carraso, and Sienna Trapp-Bowie
Fortuna Chocolate | Boulder

Zach Coleman
TRVE Brewing Company | Denver

Patrick Kerzetski
Pizzeria Locale | Boulder

Gerry Kim and Josh Gertzen
Frozen Matter | Denver

Kevin Nealon
Huckleberry | Denver

Nate Singer
Blackbelly Market | Boulder


Chris Dunaway
The Little Nell | Aspen

Carlin Karr
Frasca Food & Wine | Boulder


Austin Carson
Mizuna | Denver

Nicole Laurita
Williams & Graham | Denver

Knife & Shaker 

Elliot Strathmann
Spuntino | Denver


  • Honorees Dinner
    This is a private event, invitation only.

    Monday, April 24, 2017
    Denver Central Market

    Hosted by:

    Chef Jeff Osaka
    Osaka Ramen, Sushirama, Silva's Fish Market, 12@Madison

    Co-hosted by:

    Jen Jasinski & Beth Gruitch
    Crafted Concepts

    Chef Alex Seidel
    Fruiton, Mercantile Dining & Provisions, and Fruition Farms

    Chef Dana Rodriguez
    Work & Class

    Chef Kyle Mendenhall

    Chef Duncan Holmes
    Frasca Food & Wine

    Pastry Chef Keegan Gerhard
    D Bar Denver

    Bartender Chad Michael George
    The Way Back

    Industry-only   After-party
    This is a private event, invitation only.

    Tues, April 25, 2017
    Rebel Restaurant  Hosted by:

    Chefs Dan Lasiy & Bo Porytko, Bartender Jason Randall
    Rebel Restaurant 




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