StarChefs Announces the 2022 New Orleans Rising Stars and Rising Stars Restaurant Week

New Orleans (September 2022) — StarChefs, the restaurant industry magazine, announces its 2022 New Orleans Rising Stars. To celebrate the new class, StarChefs will host a Rising Stars Restaurant Week from September 21 to October 5. The two-week campaign highlights the Rising Stars and gives guests the opportunity to experience the honorees’ signature dishes, drinks, and wine pairings. The 2022 class includes 18 food and beverage professionals, recognized by StarChefs not only for their exceptional food and drinks, but also their ability to lead, inspire, and support the local New Orleans community. 

The Rising Stars Award winners are designated by the StarChefs editorial team based on in-person tastings and interviews. In each market, the editorial team tastes and interviews with more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and artisans, ultimately selecting a group of 17 to 25 professionals who best represent the future of American dining. Although Rising Stars Awards are given out locally, award winners are evaluated according to a set of national standards. Creativity, ambition, presentation, philosophy, and, most importantly, delicious food, drinks, and/or pairings win the designation of a StarChefs Rising Star. The 2022 New Orleans Rising Stars will be the 78th class of Rising Stars Award winners and the fourth class from New Orleans. 

2022 StarChefs New Orleans Rising Stars Award Winners 


Ryan Hacker | Brennan’s 

Jordan Herndon and Amarys Koenig Herndon | Palm&Pine 

Manish Patel | Tava Indian Street Food 

Seth Temple | Le Chat Noir 

Philip Whitmarsh | Jewel of the South 


Presented by S.Pellegrino 

Celebrates chefs whose leadership is boldly advancing the restaurant industry, whether it’s through boundary-pushing cuisine, an innovative dining format, or a revolutionary business idea. 

Blake Aguillard and Trey Smith | Saint-Germain 


Presented by Jade Range 

Caitlin Carney and Marcus Jacobs | Marjie’s Grill and Seafood Sally’s


Recognizes professionals who are deeply connected to the local culinary community, dedicate their time to community outreach, and are ultimately catalysts for involving members of the culinary community in important initiatives. 

Colleen Allerton-Hollier and Camille Staub | Luncheon 

Anna Giordano | Anna’s 


James Farnum | La Petite Grocery 

Kaitlin Guerin | Lagniappe Baking 


Presented by Beam Suntory 

Will Lester | Dovetail Bar 


DJ Piazza | Margot’s 


Brett Jones | Barracuda 


Presented by Vitamix Commercial 

The 2022 class of New Orleans Rising Stars anonymously voted on a Mentor Award winner. The award goes to a chef who supports and inspires young restaurant professionals in their community. For her ability to nurture talent, combined with her generosity, skill, and vision, Chef Susan Spicer is the recipient of the 2022 StarChefs New Orleans Mentor Award. 

Susan Spicer | Bayona and Rosedale 



Presented by Cypress Grove 

StarChefs is excited to partner with Chef Chris Hamm, Sylvain, and Cypress Grove to create a special stop during the Rising Stars Restaurant Week to directly support a local non-profit. For each dish sold at Sylvain during the two-week promotion, StarChefs will donate $5 to Turning Tables, a non-profit supporting equity, diversity, leadership, and career pathways in the bartending community.


StarChefs is excited to partner with NOPSI Hotel as the official hotel partner for the New Orleans Rising Stars Awards. Chef Arthur Baptiste of NOPSI’s Public Service restaurant will offer a featured dish on the menu for the Rising Stars Restaurant Week. 

Rising Stars Supporters 

Symrise, Vnlla Extract Co., Steelite International, Vitamix Commercial, S.Pellegrino, Jade Range, North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, Niman Ranch, Beam Suntory, Kikkoman USA, Fresh Origins, Cervena Venison, Oktober, Ambrosi Foods USA, Lucas Bols USA, Cypress Grove, Vulcan, Lone Mountain Wagyu, True Aussie Lamb, NOPSI Hotel, Turning Tables 

About StarChefs: 

StarChefs has supported the restaurant industry since 1995 and serves as an essential resource for restaurant professionals, as well as a backstage pass for food-savvy consumers. StarChefs’ original content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the country and world, and its mission is to catalyze culinary professionals’ success and give them the tools to overcome specific challenges. StarChefs has hosted the annual International Chefs Congress, an industry-only symposium featuring the world’s preeminent culinary talent, for the past 15 years. Through its Rising Stars Awards and quarterly Rising Stars magazine, StarChefs has recognized up-and-coming industry professionals in four cities/regions each year since 2003. Connect with StarChefs on Instagram and Facebook. 

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