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StarChefs, the online magazine, is hosting a dinner Dec. 13 at the National Housing Center, with some of the region's "rising stars." The $95 tasting menu looks very interesting.

  • Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve
  • Tony Chittum of Dish and Notti Bianche
  • Tony Conte of The Oval Room
  • RJ Cooper of Vidalia
  • Katsuya Fukushima of Cafe Atlantico
  • Barton Seaver of Cafe Saint Ex
  • Bart Vandaele of Belga cafe
  • Noriaki Yasutake of Perry's
  • Eric Ziebold of CityZen
  • Heather Chittum of Dish and Notti Bianche (pastry)
  • Hichem Lahreche of Kinkead's (pastry)
  • Tom Wellings of Maestro (pastry)
  • Nadine Brown of Charlie Palmer Steakhouse (sommelier)
  • Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve and The PX (sommelier)
  • Arnel Esposo of Palette (host)

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Washington, DC — StarChefs.com, the magazine for culinary insiders, has named its 2006 Washington DC Rising Stars award recipients. These up-and-coming chefs will serve their signature dishes at the Rising Stars Revue, a walk-around tasting event at The National Housing Center Atrium, Wednesday, December 13, 2006 from 7:00 -9:30 pm.

StarChefs 2006 Washington DC Rising Stars include:

Cathal Armstrong | Restaurant Eve

Tony Chittum | Dish and Notti Bianche

Tony Conte | The Oval Room

RJ Cooper | Vidalia

Katsuya Fukushima | Café Atlantico

Barton Seaver | Café Saint Ex and Bar Pilar

Bart Vandaele | Belga Café

Noriaki Yasutake | Perry’s

Eric Ziebold | CityZen

Pastry Chef Heather Chittum | Dish and Notti Bianche

Pastry Chef Hichem Lahreche | Kinkead’s

Pastry Chef Tom Wellings | Maestro

Sommelier Nadine Brown | Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

Bar Chef Todd Thrasher | Restaurant Eve and The PX

Host Chef Arnel Esposa | Palette

As part of StarChefs’ commitment to encouraging future rising stars, the proceeds from the Jade Products Range Raffle at the Revue will be donated to local educational programs in the pursuit of culinary excellence. December 13th proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen.

The StarChefs.com Rising Stars Revue is a traveling series of tasting events showcasing chefs from around the country who are coming into their own as young leaders in the culinary field. Each Revue features a walk-around tasting including signature dishes created by the Rising Star Chefs and Pastry Chefs, carefully paired with premium wines by the Rising Star Sommelier. Tickets to the Revue cost $95 per person and are available online now at www.starchefs.com/risingstars.

A VIP Champagne and caviar reception will take place before the gala at 6:00 pm featuring 1996 Palmes d’Or Champagne from Nicolas Feuillatte and caviar. VIP tickets are available for $150.

The Rising Stars were recommended for consideration by the StarChefs.com Advisory Board, which is made up of over 20 of the country's most influential chefs including Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Todd English, Todd Gray, Ken Oringer, Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay. Final choices were made by StarChefs.com’s editorial team based on in-person tastings and interviews.

This year marks StarChefs.com’s first return to Washington DC since 2003, when it honored the following chefs: Morou of Signatures, Jamie Leeds of 15 ria, Koji Terano of Sushi-Ko, Fabio Trabocchi of Maestro, John Wabeck of Firefly, Cliff Wharton of TenPenh, and Pastry Chef Steve Klc of Jaleo, Café Atlantico and Zaytinya.

“Washington DC’s culinary landscape has grown and matured since we were there three years ago,” said Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs.com. “These chefs are making the most of the area’s rich seasonal bounties, using their strong individual culinary philosophies to enhance these ingredients.”

In addition to Washington DC, Rising Stars Revues will also be held in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Atlanta in 2007.

Lead sponsors of the 2006 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Revue include Nespresso, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Jade Range, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Vineyard 7 & 8, Vita-Mix, and S. Pellegrino. Additional sponsors of the Washington DC Rising Stars Revue include The Madison Hotel, DC magazine, The Georgetowner Magazine, L’Academie de Cuisine, and Cervena Venison.

StarChefs.com™ is an award-winning online culinary magazine, serving the foodservice industry and food aficionados since 1995. It is both a backstage pass to the celebrity chef world for food and wine-savvy consumers and an essential information resource for professional chefs. StarChefs.com™ features 25,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content and generates monthly traffic of over 20 million hits a month. It has won Best of the Web awards from, among others, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Brill's Content, and Lycos. Its Board of Advisors is made up of 20 of the country’s most influential chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Todd English, Marcus Samuelsson, Todd Gray, Ken Oringer, and Bobby Flay. StarChefs JobFinder is the leading niche job board for the hospitality industry, featuring cutting edge, interactive classifieds technology.

For more details on the Rising Stars Revue, go to www.starchefs.com/risingstars.


Will Blunt




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