Share announces 2014 Los Angeles Rising Stars Awards

Restaurant industry magazine announced its 2014 Los Angeles Rising Stars award winners on Wednesday, a list of up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, bartenders and artisans.

“The restaurant scene in L.A. has come into its own since we first came knocking a decade ago,” said Editor in Chief Antoinette Bruno in a statement. “Chefs are enlivening the city, restaurant by restaurant, block by block — sometimes warming things up with a little Southern charm.”

The winners will be showcased at the Rising Stars Gala on June 12 at Vibiana with an awards ceremony and tasting. For more information about the event and to buy tickets, go to

The winners are:


Cole Dickinson of ink.


Featured dish: octopus, kelp pasta and fennel

Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga of the Hart and the Hunter

Featured dish: barbecued Gulf oysters with chile-garlic butter

Ori Menashe of Bestia

Featured dish: chicken gizzards, beets, endive and Capra Sarda

Niki Nakayama of n/naka

Featured dish: scallop, uni, strawberry, yuzu and nori

Bryant Ng of the Spice Table

Featured dish: jellyfish salad, chicken and crispy rice

Atsushi Takatsuki of MB Post

Featured dish: pig tail-shrimp tail dumplings

Ari Taymor of Alma

Featured dish: wagyu, turnips, truffled walnut and wasabi

Jonathan Whitener of Animal

Featured dish: fried rabbit, Carolina Gold rice and sour cream gravy

Community Chef

Jessica Koslow of Sqirl

Featured dish: sorrel rice bowl

Concept Chef

Alvin Cailan of Eggslut

Featured dish: the Fairfax egg sandwich

Sustainability chef

Miles Thompson of Allumette

Featured dish: gnochetti and wood pigeon ragù

Pastry Chefs

Carlos Enriquez of Patina Restaurant Group

Featured dish: Black Forest cake

Kei Hasegawa of Matsuhisa

Featured dish: green tea shaved ice, adzuki beans, ice cream and mochi

David Rodriguez of Providence

Featured dish: sunchokes, spiced genoise, dulce crémeux and cocoa nibs


Chef Jeff Mahin of Stella Barra Pizzeria

Featured dish: Parmesan cream white pizza with spinach and kale

Artisan Baker

Nicole Rucker of Gjelina Takeaway

Featured dish: pork and peas pie

Artisan Butchers

Erika Nakamura & Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy

Featured dish: charcuterie board

Artisan Roaster

Charlie Habegger of Handsome Coffee Roasters


Devon Tarby of Honeycut

Featured cocktail: Four to the Floor

Community Bartender

Kiowa Bryan of Eveleigh

Featured cocktail: Bols on Parade


Rob Harpest of Bouchon

Taylor Parsons of République

Host Chefs

Neal Fraser of Vibiana

David Padilla of On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge