StarChefs Rising Stars Revue

Rising Star Testimonials

Latest Testimonials

" Thank You, Will and your staff for putting on a wonderful event this week in Providence. My Garde Manger class attend your panel discussion. All of the student's agreed it was extremely eye-opening to them. Many of them also volunteered for the reception at the Biltmore hotel. It was great to see some of my former students working for Jake and Derek. Both of them commented how impressed they were with the cook's I have sent them. Thank you for all you do to inspire the next generation of chefs. Sometimes it is better when they hear it from someone else. "
-- - Ray McCue, M.Ed., CEC, CHE, College of Culinary Arts

" Thank you for the wonderful opportunity you have given me by including me in the StarChefs Rising Stars. I had tons of fun throughout the whole process and during the events. It was great talking to the culinary students, mingling at the honorees dinner, and tasting everything at the Gala. I had an amazing time meeting the chefs and industry folks, and I am so grateful to have met you and the StarChefs team.
I am extremely honored to be a part of the StarChefs family!
-- - Annie Pettry, DECCA

" Just wanted to say thank you to all of you and your staff for the hard work you guys put into the past couple of days. I was truly touched by the articles and recognition you gave me and my fellow chefs. I had such a wonderful time working with you all. And I just wanted you guys to know I appreciate everything you do. And was so impressed by the level of organization and attention to detail that went into the event. I can't thank you all enough for a wonderful weekend. You are the best! "
-- - Kayla Swartout, Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel

"I wanted to thank you for a great week in Charleston, SC for the Rising Star Chefs Gala. It is a true honor to be selected by you and your team as a Rising Star Chef, and I am esteemed to be part of such a highly regarded group of chefs.

Your team did an outstanding job with the Gala and to speak for myself and my other Asheville colleagues, we had a blast!
-- - William S. Dissen, The Market Place Restaurant

"What a great event! You and your team did a flawless job at making it such a cool, special night. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it!"
-- - Caitlin Mateo, Chef de Cuisine, Square 1682

""…The Gala was one of the best tasting events I have been to in the city [Philadelphia]. The dishes and pairings were fabulous…""
-- Laura Price, Public Relations Director, Quaker City Mercantile

"Events like these where we can all connect and spend quality time is priceless. Kudos to Antoinette and the team for such a great time. Looking forward to our reunion and future visits from anyone coming to Maui."
-- Chef Jojo Vasquez, The Plantation House

"It was great to meet up with old friends and making new friends.  It is truly an honor to be a part of such a great group of people.  Thank you once again and look forward to doing many events in the future"
-- Chef Wade Ueoka, Alan Wong’s

"Mahalo nui for getting together a bunch of men and women that never have the time but always have the desire. Being on islands, while it provides us an incredible, diverse, bounty of product, there's a little challenge of an ocean that separates us. So mahalo for plying us with Vita-Preps (Neman's Little Red Riding Hood Bar Boss is cute,) hotel Rooms, killer food, company and an after-party to remember at a butcher shop!"
-- Chef Mark Noguchi, Pili Hawaii

"Mark, my colleague, and I enjoyed a fantastic event held by StarChefs last night at Halekulani. Both of us really enjoyed tasteful dishes prepared by young chefs in Hawaii and also good wines. Abalone cooked by Chef Chai was one of my favorite dishes."
-- Shingo Ochi, Big Island Abalone Corp., Honolulu

"Antoinette/Will, thank you for the extremely kind words. I did not foresee this boost in morale, unity, and respect that your visit would bring to our industry. For that we are all in your debt. Mahalo nui."
-- Chef Ed Kenney, Town and Uptown Catering

"Thank you so much. I never thought this would happen. New meaning to surreal. I appreciate what you and your team have done for me and Hawaii. Your support and belief that we can be great is a driving force for our future success."
-- Chef Andrew Le, The Pig and The Lady

"Thank you for bringing such a great event to Hawaii.  It’s so important to the culinary scene in our state to have our chefs recognized by such an organization as StarChefs.  It was a pleasure to work with all of you.  I know our staff had a really great time at the Honorees Dinner and the Gala Dinner."
-- Nicole Ng, Marketing Manager, Alan Wong’s

"Thank you so much for supporting our local chefs, as they are the lifeblood of Hawaii's culinary future."
-- Warren Shon, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii 

Older Testimonials

Thanks for choosing me as Philadelphia's Rising Star Mixologist back in 2004. It's been a great honor and has snow-balled quite a bit for me in terms of confidence and exposure. While I have turned my attention toward writing fiction and graduate school, tending bar remains my main source of income and camaraderie.
--Joel Finsel, Caffe Phoenix, 2004 Philadelphia Rising Star Mixologist

I live and love this challenging industry, and to celebrate with Starchefs is an honor that does not come around so often. You see our industry through a pair of glasses that see the truth - gut level dedication and commitment to the growth and constant evolution of our craft. You can’t teach passion, but you sure can inspire it. You have done that for my small group of dedicated troops, and for that I thank you.
--Chef Jeff O’Neill, Mar-a-Lago Club, 2008 South Florida Rising Stars Host Chef

The entire experience was wonderful not only for me, but my team as well. They learned a lot and left feeling inspired to work creatively and tastefully to one day become a StarChef themselves – I was really happy to be able to bring many of them to the South Florida Rising Stars and broaden their horizons.
--Chef Ryan Artim, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, 2008 South Florida Rising Stars VIP Host Chef

I think the Rising Star Revue is the best tasting event I have ever been to. Many tasting events can be kind of a mob scene and StarChefs pulls them off with a high level of class and great attention to detail. --Gretchen Twill, Devi Tea, 2006 Washington DC Rising Stars Sponsor

The Revue was one of the most memorable and important events in my culinary career so far... Thank you again so much for recognizing me!
--2006 Los Angeles Rising Star Lee Gross

It was a ‘stellar’ pun intended. Excellent food. Interesting wines. Lovely space. One of the finest I've experienced.
--Marilyn LaRoque, Luxury Las Vegas

…Thank you all for a wonderful event. You are certainly doing good things for good people and allowing the general public to become aware of the true (behind the scenes talent) that happens in Las Vegas.--Les Kincaid, Radio Personality and Host of "Les Kincaid's Lifestyles Las Vegas” on KLAV 1230 AM

This was a phenomenal event, and beautifully organized….Thank you so much for inviting me.--Barbara Nosek, Journalist for Desert Living (Phoenix), and "Live in Fabulous Las Vegas" Newsletter

It was a great event...I didn’t realize it was such a big deal, and if you bring it back here next year, be sure to let me know so we can give you some advance ink.
--Martin Stein, A&E Editor, Las Vegas Weekly

The honor was all mine. I truly enjoyed Rising Stars, the food, fine wines and great GREAT company!--Sarah Lee Marks, Author, Reservations Required…The Celebrity Chefs of Las Vegas Cookbook