Philly's top chefs receive Rising Star Awards

Maureen McCloskey, Caroline Bubnis (Starr Restaurants) and Dani Sigel (Metropolitan Bakery) at the Philadelphia Rising Stars tasting gala and awards ceremony at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 21, 2013. ( Al B. For / )

Chef Adam DeLosso of Garces Catering as well as 18 of Philadelphia’s top chefs deemed “Rising Stars,” hosted a walk-around tasting and awards ceremony at the Kimmel Center for the StarChefs 2013 Philadelphia Rising Stars Gala last night.



Guests sampled dishes as well as enjoyed live music, beverage pairings and signature cocktails.

A portion of the proceeds benefits local hunger nonprofit Philabundance.


Rising Stars Award Winners


Nicholas Elmi- Rittenhouse Tavern

Yun Fuentes- JG Domestic

Chris Kearse- Will

Eli Kulp- Fork

Josh Lawler- Farm and Fisherman

Greg Vernick- Vernick Food & Drink

Will Zuchman- Alma de Cuba


Pastry Chef

Peter Scarola- R2L



Andrew and Kristin Wood- Russet



Joe Cicala- Le Virtu

Sara May- Franklin Fountain

Davina Soondrum- Shane Confectionery


Concept Chef

Jeremy Nolen- Wursthaus Schmitz


Community Chef

Kevin Sbraga- Sbraga


Hotel Chef

Jonathan Cichon- Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel



Michael Solomonov- Citron and Rose, Federal Donuts, Percy Street Barbeque, Zahav



Brian Kane- Zahav



Al Sotack- Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.


Host Chef

Adam DeLosso- Garces Catering


Featured Guest Chefs

Caitlin Mateo- Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar

Guillermo Tellez- Red Owl Tavern at Hotel Monaco


For more information on Philadelphia's Rising Stars, click here.