The Washington, DC Area Rising Star Award Winners and Why They Shine
2010 DC Area Rising Stars
Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT
Matt Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC)
Isaiah Billington, Woodberry Kitchen (Maryland)
Dean Maupin, Keswick Hall (Virginia)
This year marked our third Rising Stars in DC, and it was high time we explored beyond the familiar confines of the city, and venture into the greater DC area. Of course, this is where we got a little carried away. But how could you not venture south into the burgeoning food scene fed by the agricultural mecca that is the Shenandoah Valley and beyond in Virginia? Maryland offered a host of its own nascent foodie treasures, too. The young chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists are taking dining—in the Capital City and beyond—well past the good old days of the power lunch. They have intrepidly forged their own identities to fashion a flourishing culinary landscape.
We tasted food, pastry, cocktails, and wine pairings from over 80 talented chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers from Washington, DC, and beyond, well into Maryland and Virginia. A whole host of talent came through. So what makes them shine? Creativity, ambition, exquisite presentation, and, most importantly, a stellar dish win each up-and-coming culinary star the Rising Star Award.
What's more, each Rising Star has a quality that makes us believe that person will be one of the future leaders of the country's culinary scene. Rising Stars are successfully pushing the culinary boundaries. Here's an introduction to the 2010 Washington DC Area award winners: who they are, why they shine, and how they're shaping the future of American dining.