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StarChefs Names 2013 Bay Area Rising Stars

The folks of StarChefs swing into town every three years to select a new crop of Rising Star Chefs, and they just announced the latest batch today. The list reads like a who's-who of the hottest spots in the area, with honorees everywhere from Bar Tartine to Verve Coffee Roasters to Trick Dog to Linden Street Brewery. Some younger talents from established restaurants, including Quince, Manresa, and Absinthe, were also recognized for their contributions, and two of our three Eater Young Guns nominees from the Bay Area were also on the list.

Chefs are required to be under 40 in order to be chosen for the honor, and must have 10 or fewer years as an executive chef; chefs de cuisine are required to exert "near-total menu control," and sommeliers must be responsible for at least half of a restaurant's wine-buying activity.

The 2013 honorees:


Nick Balla, Bar Tartine

Brett Cooper, Outerlands

Jacob des Voignes, Local Mission Eatery

Jason Fox, Commonwealth

Duncan Holmes, Sons & Daughters

Jessica Largey, Manresa

Mark Liberman, AQ

Sarah and Evan Rich, Rich Table

Pastry Chefs

Juan Contreras, Atelier Crenn

Matt Tinder, Coi

Stephanie Prida, Manresa

Hotel Pastry Chef

Mellisa Root, Madera

Sustainability Chef

Sean Baker, Gather


Ryan Farr, 4505 Meats

William Werner, Craftsman & Wolves

Fresh Concept

Yigit Pura, Tout Sweet Patisserie


Richie Nakano, Hapa Ramen


Matt Semmelhack, AQ


Esteban Brunello, Oliveto

Bobby Conroy, Benu


Colby Barr and Ryan O'Donovan, Verve Coffee Roasters


Scott Baird and Josh Harris, Trick Dog

Matt Conway, formerly of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar


Adam Lamoreaux, Linden Street Brewery

VIP Chef

Robbie Lewis, Bon Appétit Management Company

· StarChefs announces 2013 San Francisco Bay Area Rising Stars [Inside Scoop]
· 2010 Rising Star Chef Gala [~ ESF ~]

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