2014 Kentucky-Tennessee Rising Stars

2014 Kentucky-Tennessee Rising Stars

Rising Stars Award Winners



Matt Gallaher 
Knox Mason – Knoxville, TN

Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer
Hog & Hominy – Memphis, TN

Philip Krajeck
Rolf and Daughters – Nashville, TN

Keri Moser
IvyWild – Sewanee, TN

Annie Pettry
Decca – Louisville, KY

Levon Wallace
Proof on Main – Louisville, KY


David Mitchell
Mitchell Deli – Nashville, TN


Matt Lackey
Flyte World Dining and Wine –
Nashville, TN

Pastry Chef

Kayla Swartout
Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, TN



Jay Denham
Curehouse – Louisville, KY

James Tooill
Argo Sons Coffee – Louisville, KY

Scott Witherow
Olive & Sinclair – Nashville, TN


Julie DeFriend
Oak Room at the Seelbach Hilton – Louisville, KY


Sam Cruz and Jerry Gnagy
Against the Grain Brewery –
 Louisville, KY


Susie Hoyt
The Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Doug Monroe
Patterson House – Nashville, TN


Benjamin and Max Goldberg
Strategic Hospitality – Nashville, TN

VIP Host Chef

Patrick Roney
Oak Room at the Seelbach Hilton –
Louisville, KY

  • How to Make it Panel

    Join us as our Rising Stars discuss how they "made it" in the challenging culinary profession.

    Monday, February 24
    1:00 – 2:30 PM

    The National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University
    3101 Bardstown Road
    Louisville, KY 40205

    RSVP: events@starchefsinc.com

    Giving Back

    Food Literacy Project
    The Food Literacy Project's mission is to inspire a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land. Their field-to-fork education programs invite Louisville-area youth to participate in a sustainable food system by planting, harvesting, and cooking with fresh vegetables at the historic Oxmoor Farm.

    Charleston Feed The Need    

  • Honorees Dinner

    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Hosted by Chef Anthony Lamas

    Seviche Restaurant
    1538 Bardstown Road
    Louisville, KY 40205

    This is a private event – invitation only

    Co-hosted by:

    Industry-only Afterparty

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Hosted by Chef Annie Pettry

    812 East Market Street
    Louisville, KY 40206

    Attendance limited to foodservice professionals only

    RSVP: events@starchefsinc.com