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After visiting more than 125 chefs and artisans in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., announced their 2014 list of the area’s culinary rising stars. The restaurant industry magazine awards honor chefs and other culinary professionals and several Maryland area folks made the list.

To celebrate, StarChefs is throwing a Rising Stars Gala on Tuesday, December 16 at Dock 5 at Union Market, with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and a tasting gala from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For $95 general admission, try 20 dishes, 20 beverage pairings, and 2 signature cocktails from the awardees. The $125 VIP tickets also include a private reception with champagne and Petrossian caviar. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to DC Central Kitchen. Tickets are available here.

Local Maryland Rising Stars:

Sarah Malphrus, Pastry Chef, Woodberry Kitchen

Coffee Roaster Jay Caragay of Spro Coffee – Baltimore, MD
Jay Caragay, Artisan, Spro Coffee Hampden

Julie Dalton, Sommelier, Wit & Wisdom

Photo: Baltimore Sun
George Marsh, Chef, Parts & Labor

Graeme Ritchie, Chef, Volt

See the entire list here: Star Chefs Rising Stars

I love seeing some of my most favorite people and places on this list. These folks – as well as so many others in food & beverage – work so hard. Hopefully, getting a little recognition is nice fuel for those long, long days. I’m in awe – you are doing what you love. Thank you and congratulations!