StarChefs Knife & Shaker Award New York City 2017 Winners Angela Dimayuga & Sam Anderson of Mission Chinese Food

By Will Blunt


Will Blunt
Bartender Sam Anderson and Chef Angela Dimaygua of Mission Chinese
Bartender Sam Anderson and Chef Angela Dimaygua of Mission Chinese

StarChefs recognizes harmony between the kitchen and bar with the Knife & Shaker Award, presented by Bombay Sapphire. The award celebrates a chef-bartender duo that exemplifies collaboration and unity between front and back of house. 

Bartender Sam Anderson has made his mark on some of New York City’s most inventive drinks programs: Salvation Taco, Goldbar, Freemans, and Hotel Delmano, among others. Now, he’s head bartender at Mission Chinese, where his culinary approach matches the creative fire power of Chef de Cuisine and Rising Star Angela Dimayuga. 

“My cocktail, Tigre, uses the dry, floral structure of Bombay Sapphire along with leche de tigre—the acidic, salty, and spicy botanical-rich liquids leftover from the process of curing ceviche. This complex, acid-driven cocktail pairs in contrast by cutting through the inky and unctuous notes of Angela’s clams in black bean sauce. It refreshes the palate, remains true to the dish’s herbal undertones, and has a few smoky and dusky notes of its own. Visually, the cocktail is light, bright, and garnished with the Sunset geranium leaf as a foil to the inky presentation the dish.” – Sam Anderson


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