Another day, another award for Stephanie Izard. At least she has company this time.
Izard, named Tuesday to Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs list, is among the 18 Chicago chefs, restaurateurs and beverage professionals dubbed “Rising Stars” on Wednesday by online culinary magazine StarChefs.com.
The Rising Stars awards are issued annually, but StarChefs focuses only on four or five cities per year; StarChefs’ last visit to Chicago was 2008, when the Rising Stars recipients included Bill Kim, Michael Sheerin, Giuseppe Tentori and 10 others.
In addition to Izard, of Girl & the Goat restaurant, Rising Star chefs were Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (Purple Pig), Curtis Duffy (Avenues), Dirk Flanigan (The Gage, Henri), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), Shin Thompson (Bonsoiree) and Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia).
Jared Van Camp received the Concept award for his work at Old Town Social; Geoff Rhyne received the Sustainability award for his green efforts at Sugar Toad in Naperville and Ryan Poli, of Tavernita (opening soon), received the Community award for community involvement.
Pastry chef winners were Patrick Fahy (Blackbird), Meg Galus (Cafe des Architectes) and Jimmy MacMillan (University Club). Sommelier awards went to Rachael Lowe (Sixteen) and to beer director Michael McAvena (The Publican), and the Mixologist award went to Paul McGee (The Whistler).
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, whose restaurants include Boka, Girl & the Goat, Landmark, Perennial and the just-opened GT Fish & Oyster, shared the Rising Stars Restaurateur award.
The Rising Stars will be profiled in a gala tasting event on May 23 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park hotel. Tickets, $125 and $175, will partly benefit Common Threads.