2021 Chicago Rising Stars

2021 Chicago Rising Stars
Rising Stars Restaurant Week
Tuesday, September 21 Tuesday, October 5
​We're back in Chicago to celebrate the city's most talented up-and-coming food and beverage professionals. After meeting with more than 100 young chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and artisans across the Windy City, we are excited to announce our newest class of Chicago Rising Stars. The 2021 class includes 24 Rising Stars, recognized by StarChefs for their culinary strengths, charitable contributions to Chicago, and their ability to navigate, lead, and inspire.
Rising Stars Restaurant Week is a two-week promotion showcasing the 2021 Chicago Rising Stars restaurants, dishes, pastries, wine pairings, and cocktails that best represents the future of American dining. The Restaurant Week will run from September 21 to October 5, and all the featured food and drink will be available for either dine-in, takeout, or both. 
Rising Stars Giveaway
With Vitamix blenders and $100 restaurant gift cards up for grabs, don’t miss your chance to win! Order any of the featured dishes or drinks and share an Instagram story or post to enter. You must tag @StarChefs and #StarChefsRisingStars to be considered.

Rising Stars Award Winners


Ryan Brosseau
Dear Margaret

Damarr Brown
Virtue Restaurant

Luke Feltz
Smyth and The Loyalist

César Murillo
North Pond

Dave Park

Bailey Sullivan
Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
Chops Wat
Lao Peng You

Game Changer Chefs
presented by S.Pellegrino
Tim Flores & Genie Kwon
Community Chef
presented by Kikkoman USA

Won Kim
Kimski and Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream


presented by TCHO Chocolate

Natalie Saben
One Off Hospitality

Lauren Terrill
Proxi and Sepia
Lucas Trahan



presented by Butter of Europe
Matt Pontarelli
The Exchange
Sam Zeitlin
Zeitlin's Delicatessen


Javier & Jose Lopez
Casa Humilde Cervecería

Tea Purveyors
Taylor Cowan & Jordan Scherer
Spirit Tea



What If Syndicate

Sarah Syman
The Dandy Crown
Community Bartender

Donavan Mitchem
Lou's Backyard and MONEYGUN

presented by Wines from Spain

Kimberlee Beeler
Alla Vita and BOKA

presented by Vitamix Commercial; anonymously voted for by the 2021 class of Chicago
Rising Stars

Sarah Grueneberg
Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio


StarChefs Supports
presented by True Aussie Goat; proceeds benefit Careers through Culinary Arts Program
Gerardo & Victoria Salamanca
Café Tola