Antoinette Bruno, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of

Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chier on StarChefs.comAntoinette Bruno brings more than a decade of experience in the foodservice industry to, the first online food magazine—celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2010. Since taking charge as CEO of StarChefs in 1999, Antoinette has led the company to prominence and respect among culinary insiders. She has grown the company’s site traffic from 750,000 to 20 million hits per month (just over 3 million page views) and the content library from 4,000 to 27,000-plus pages. achieves enviable search engine placement for all things culinary and has become the most influential destination for original culinary content on the web. Its JobFinder is the premier online employment classifieds for the hospitality industry.

Antoinette travels extensively throughout the US and the world to meet leading chefs and taste their food in order to bring StarChefs’ audience a first-hand perspective on the top chefs and their ingredient and technique-focused recipes, as well as industry trends and controversial issues. StarChefs’ Board of Advisors consists of the country’s most influential chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Todd English, and Marcus Samuelsson.

Recognizing a need in the industry for professional recognition, Antoinette created the Rising Stars Awards. Each year, StarChefs scours four cities across the country for their top culinary talent. Rising Stars are up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary dining scene in America. recognizes these individuals for their ability to see beyond the walls of their own restaurant and their commitment to fostering a culinary community by sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals. The Rising Stars Revue is now a major yearly event on the radar of the culinary who’s-who across the country.

As an extension of the Rising Stars Revue, Antoinette Bruno and Managing Editor Will Blunt conceived of International Chefs Congress – a kitchen without boundaries (ICC). ICC provides chefs with a collaborative environment to share knowledge and experiment with new techniques. It is a forum where the world’s most innovative chefs pass their knowledge and techniques onto 1,500 of their peers.

Under Antoinette’s leadership, StarChefs’ JobFinder has become the destination of choice in the industry for restaurateurs seeking qualified staff. She conceptualized Online Interviewing and the Employers Report Card to address the hiring needs of busy foodservice professionals. As Editor-in-Chief, has been recognized in the media as a top food website, including USA Today, Lycos Best of the Web, US News & World Report, and Brill’s Content. Antoinette has been featured for her management and fundraising accomplishments in such publications as Business Week, Venture Wire, and the Nation’s Restaurant News. Her most recent television and radio appearances include Fox Business Nightly Countdown, NBC Miami, Fox Good Morning Boston, WUSA 9 CBS Morning Show Wash DC, Sunday Morning - ABC 7 News, San Francisco’s Morning Show (KRON), Dining Around with Gene Burns (San Francisco, KGO-AM), The Restaurant Guys, Les Kincaid's Lifestyles Las Vegas (KLAV).

Antoinette has been a presenter at numerous foodservice industry conferences, including National Restaurant Show, the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, The Great American Dessert Expo, The Foodservice Technology Conference, and the Global Gaming Expo – F&B at G2E. Antoinette has also organized and moderated several celebrity chef panels for the Wine & Cuisine Society at Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining, Antoinette worked for over 15 years in the fields of finance, operations, and marketing. She began her career working in the foodservice industry, spending 10 years in both front of the house and back of the house positions. Subsequently, Antoinette founded and managed her own chain of retail stores before moving on to Wall Street. There, she negotiated purchases and sales of securities for Salomon Brothers institutional clients in the 1980s and later structured financial strategies for middle market companies. Other notable accomplishments include creating and implementing the first marketing strategy for The Body Shop, a billion dollar global retailer.

Antoinette attended the Chefs' Program at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and worked as an apprentice for Chef Jean Pierre Callaud. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and a post-graduate degree from the London School of Economics. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

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November 6, 2010

Man About Town Bob Madigan talks to Editor-in-Chief Antoinnette Bruno at the Washington DC Area Rising Stars. more

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November 1, 2010

Antoinette Bruno, Will Blunt of Talk About the DC Metro Culinary Scene. more

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October 24, 2010

Nycci Nellis discusses the Washington DC Area Rising Stars. listen

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The Restaurant Guys
September 15, 2010

Interview with Antoinette Bruno, Editor in Chief of about the 5th Annual International Chefs Congress. listen

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August 23, 2010, the award-winning online magazine's CEO Antoinette Bruno came to Baltimore in July to meet the city's culinary talent, taste their food and give them photo recognition on the website. more


Portland Monthly
May 28, 2010

Antoinette Bruno and features writer Katherine Martinelli have the world's best jobs. more

 The Huffington Post: Food for Thought

The Huffington Post
November 10th 2009

StarChefs 2009 New York Rising Stars included Amanda Cohen, Dirty Candy, Sustainability Award and Sommelier Claire Paparazzo, Blue Hill. Antoinette Bruno is the CEO and editor of, the first online food magaizne. Its JobFinder provides online employment classifieds for the hospitality industry. Bruno created the Rising Star Awards to recognize up-and-coming professional talent. more

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Total Food Service - Starchefs Q & A
September 14, 2009

...Starchefs events are about experiencing the best culinary talent of one city in one night. Unlike a food service or charity event, top chefs prepare fully composed hi-concept dishes.

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March 13, 2009

Interview on Seattle's Komo Radio with's Antoinette Bruno.

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March 3, 2009

Interview on Seattle KKNW with's Antoinette Bruno and 2009 Seattle Rising Star Jamie Peha.

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New York Daily News
September 5, 2008 is one of the oldest and best sites for those who follow the country’s chef and restaurant scene, yet most of us have never heard of it. We talk to the site’s leading lady – Antoinette Bruno – about its history and its third annual chef’s congress event, which welcomes a slew of the world’s top chefs, drink-makers and foodies to the city next week. more

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August 6, 2008

Fox Rankings: Antoinette Bruno counts down top earning chefs.

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February 27, 2008 CEO Antoinette Bruno and 2008 South Florida Rising Star Clay Conley appear on WTVJ NBC 6’s South Florida Today on February 27, 2008. Bruno explains the StarChefs’ mission to promote culinary excellence and displays the Chefs To Know book while Conley presents his Lamb Bastilla dish and cooks Orecchiette Nero (squid ink pasta) for the NBC 6 crew.

Wusa-9 CBS Morning Show
December 13, 2006

What makes a Rising Star?
How did the New York editorial crew pick and choose DC’s top chefs this year? StarChefs’ Editor-in-Chief Antoinette Bruno tells all and Rising Star Chef Barton Seaver discusses the preparations for the upcoming Revue in Washington DC on the CBS Morning Show. Watch Chef Seaver prepare one of the 26 dishes for the walk-around tasting: Toasted Almond and Garlic Soup with Grilled Radicchio.

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The Restaurant Guys
December 11, 2006

Antoinette Bruno Returns - Does Michelin Matter?
Antoinette Bruno brings more than a decade of experience in the foodservice industry to, the first online food magazine which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2005. Since taking charge as CEO of StarChefs in 1999, Antoinette has led the company to new strength and respect among culinary insiders. Antoinette travels extensively throughout the US and the world to meet leading chefs and taste their food in order to bring StarChefs' audience a first-hand perspective on the top chefs and their ingredient and technique-focused recipes, as well as industry trends and controversial issues. She recently facilitated a panel discussion on the topic "Does Michelin Matter (in New York) and she shares her opinions on the topic of Micheline, Zagats, The New York Times and other restaurant review publications.


The Restaurant Guys
July 27, 2006

Antoinette Bruno/Chefs' Congress and Dessert Trends
The Guys welcome back Antoinette Bruno of Star Chefs to talk about dessert trends (hint: savory is the new sweet) and the upcoming International Chefs Congress a two-day culinary symposium where the world's most influential and innovative chefs will present the latest techniques and culinary concepts to their chef peers.[more]


FOX 25 Morning
April 4, 2006

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The Restaurant Guys
Februay 28, 2006

Antoinette Bruno is the CEO of, a profitable website catering to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Their newsletter, The Dish Rag, is full of great information and interesting in depth articles & their job-finder database is an excellent resource. The website annually presents the "Rising Star Chef" awards and recognizes four cities for their culinary scene. New York is always on the list. This year the website is also recognizing, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Antoinette also "dishes" to The Guys about some of her favorite "off-the-beaten path" New York Restaurants. [more]


Sunday Morning - ABC 7 News
December 11, 2005

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October 17, 2005

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Business Week
July 16, 2001

BUSINESSWEEK INVESTOR; Women & Money; Number 3741; Pg. 86 e2
For Antoinette Bruno, CEO of a struggling dot-com serving the restaurant industry, stumbling upon the women of 8 Wings Enterprises late last year was a godsend. Bruno's company, StarChefs, was sorely in need of cash. But the regular sources of venture capital had all but dried up, and to make matters worse, Bruno had just been denied a chance to plead her case at Springboard, a quarterly event that lets women entrepreneurs pitch for funding to a roomful of potential investors.
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