6 Pittsburgh Culinary Pros Honored as Rust Belt Rising Stars

They are award winners is four separate categories.

StarChefs, a respected restaurant industry magazine, has announced its 2016 Rust Belt Rising Star award winners. These winners, according to the magazine, “represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.”

“The Rust Belt's industrial footprint left no clearly defined regional cuisine, making way for a diverse, vibrant, and idiosyncratic restaurant scene—one that’s open to a whole sway of immigrant influences,” StarChefs editor Caroline Hatchet writes in a press release.

“It’s a region marked by individualism and unencumbered by trends.”

Pittsburgh chefs are honored in four categories:

  • Chef: Jamilka Borges of Spoon in East Liberty.
  • Chef: Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowronski of Apteka in Bloomfield.
  • Concept: Chad Townsend of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream in Shadyside.
  • Artisans: Neil Blazin of Driftwood Oven (mobile).
  • Sommeliers: Domenic Fiore of Bar Marco in the Strip District.

The Pittsburgh honorees — as well as culinary professionals from Cleveland and Detroit — will be recognized at a gala on Dec. 7 in Cleveland. 

The photos below, courtesy of StarChefs, demonstrates the talent of each of these Pittsburgh culinary professionals.


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