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2023 Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars

12 October 2023

Steelite is excited to present the 2023 StarChefs Rising Stars Art of Presentation contest featuring talented chefs from the great cities of Austin and San Antonio! This contest focuses on the creativity behind plating, so take a close look at the artistry in each dish. Please vote for the chef who created your favorite plating presentations. 

Check out the images in each chef’s plating gallery shown below, then use the poll to vote. The deadline to vote is Monday, December 4th at 10AM EST. The winner will be announced at the StarChefs Honorees Awards Reception on Tuesday, December 5th. The winning chef receives $5,000 toward Steelite International products of their choice.

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Please vote for the chef that created your favorite plating presentation - Austin & San Antonio 2023

Share this contest with your friends! Use the hashtag #ArtofPresentation and tag us @steeliteusa.

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Chef Brian Batch of Bird Bird Biscuit

Chef Brian Batch

Firebird: Hot Chicken Breast, Dill Mayonnaise, Sweet Pickles, Cilantro, Biscuit

Chef Brian Batch Chef Brian Batch
The Biscuitarian: Biscuit, Impossible Sausage Patty, Scrambled Egg, Cheddar, Basil Pesto Dough-Doughs: Biscuit Doughnut Holes with Cinnamon Sugar



Chef Nicola Blaque of The Jerk Shack and Mi Roti

Chef Nicola Blaque

Jerk Chicken, Fried Chicken, Cabbage Slaw, Creamed Corn, Pickled Pepper, Sweet Ting Sauce, Jerk Barbecue Sauce, Jerk Ranch, Wet Jerk Sauce

Chef Nicola Blaque Chef Nicola Blaque
Braised Oxtail, Rice and Pigeon Peas, Cabbage Slaw, Plantains, Butter Beans, Thyme, Green Onion, Bell Pepper Cheddar Mac and Cheese



Chef Kareem El-Ghayesh of KG BBQ

Chef Kareem El-Ghayesh

Brisket Rice Bowl: Mediterranean Rice, Texas-Style Smoked Brisket, Tomato, Cucumber, Herbs, Tahini, Candied Nuts, Pomegranate Seeds

Chef Kareem El-Ghayesh Chef Kareem El-Ghayesh
Barbecue Plate: (1) Pomegranate-Za’atar Pork Ribs; (2) Lamb Bacon Ribs with Pistachio Dukkah; (3) Pork Sausage, Olives, Feta, Sumac-Pickled Onions Rice Pudding, Pistachio Butter, Whipped Mascarpone, Cardamom, Crushed Pistachios



Chef Geoff Ellis of Mum Foods

Chef Geoff Ellis

The Original: Pastrami, Deli Mustard, Rye Bread

Chef Geoff Ellis Chef Geoff Ellis
Market Salad: Baby Lettuces, Shaved Seasonal Vegetables, Red Onion, Cabbage, Boiled Egg, Pickles, Garlic Rye Breadcrumbs, Ricotta, Red Wine Vinaigrette Matzo Ball Soup, Smoked Chicken, Dill



Pastry Chef Derrick Flynn of Este and Suerte

Pastry Chef Derrick Flynn

Oaxaca Crema Semifreddo, Vanilla Wafer Crust, Lime Jelly, Puffed Amaranth

Pastry Chef Derrick Flynn Pastry Chef Derrick Flynn
ChocoTaco: Chocolate-Masa Shell, Peanut Caramel, Cinnamon Mascarpone Mousse, Roasted Peanuts Strawberry Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Strawberry Whipped Cream, Freeze-Dried Strawberry, Strawberry-Infused Chocolate, Strawberry Jelly, White Chocolate Cereal Puffs, Roses



Chef Andrew Ho of Curry Boys BBQ, Pinch Boil House, and Wurst Behavior

Chef Andrew Ho

Brisket Smoke-Show: Oak-Smoked Prime Brisket, Thai Green Curry, Jasmine Rice, Texas Barbecue Pickles, Fried Shallots, Chile Crisp, Cilantro

Chef Andrew Ho Chef Andrew Ho
Good Luck Cluck: Smoked Chicken Thigh, Cajun Seasoning, Yellow Curry, Jasmine Rice, Fried Shallots, Cilantro Smoked Pork Link, Penang Curry Queso, White Onion, Cilantro, Shallot, Potato Bun



Chefs Ben and Phoebe Hollander of Casper Fermentables

Chefs Ben and Phoebe Hollander

Poppy Seed Bagel, Whitefish Salad, Tomato, Greens

Chefs Ben and Phoebe Hollander Chefs Ben and Phoebe Hollander
Kimchi Tuna Melt, American Cheese, Spicy Mustard, Rye Bread Spicy Turkey Sandwich: Szechuan Chile Oil-Marinated Turkey, Chile Crisp, Dijonnaise, Red Onion, Tomato, Greens, Oregano-Turmeric Sauerkraut Focaccia



Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel of Birdie’s

Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel

Texas Beef Tartare, Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms, Rosemary Aïoli, Texas Pecans, Sonora Wheat Berries, Carta di Musica

Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel
Spaghetti, Crème Fraîche, Arugula, Sungold Tomatoes, Sicilian Olive Oil, Lemon Gulf Red Snapper, Sherry-Saffron-Fennel Sauce, Fingerling Potatoes



Chef Emil Oliva of Leche de Tigre

Chef Emil Oliva

Chalaco Ceviche: Gulf Shrimp, Kanpachi, Rocoto Leche de Tigre, Fried Calamari, Torched Sweet Potato, Canchita, Choclo

Chef Emil Oliva Chef Emil Oliva
Amazonico Ceviche: Kanpachi, Ginger Leche de Tigre, Caramelized Plantain, Plantain Purée, Fried Plantain Chips, Cilantro Oil Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, Leche de Tigre, Pickle Daikon and Carrot, Peanuts, Toasted Sesame, Scallion



Pastry Chef Casandra Perez-Martinez of Comedor

Pastry Chef Casandra Perez-Martinez

Strawberry Chi-flan: Chiffon Cake, Flan, Strawberries, Mint-Marigold-Red Wine Syrup, Strawberry Snow, Vanilla Bean Tuile

Pastry Chef Casandra Perez-Martinez Pastry Chef Casandra Perez-Martinez
Banana Tamal, Caramel Fudge, Brûléed Banana, Goat Milk Cajeta Ice Cream, Candied Hazelnuts, Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Pavlova, Tepache Sorbet, Coconut Espuma, Raspberry-Pasilla Gel, Tepache Powder, Mint-Hoja Santa Oil, Chocolate Mint



Chef Rich Reimbolt of Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

Chef Rich Reimbolt

Galbi Marinated Braised Berkshire Pork Shank, Gochujang Pork Jus, Green Onion Kimchi, Ginger, Scallion, Butter Lettuce, Herbs

Chef Rich Reimbolt Chef Rich Reimbolt
Cajun Waffle Iron Hash Browns, Crawfish Gravy, Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Fried Egg, Scallion, Cilantro Burrata, Texas Pecan Muhammara, Apple, Strawberry, Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Smoked Almond, Pomegranate Molasses, Pickled Okra, Garlic Confit-Rosemary Focaccia



Chef Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria

Chef Edgar Rico

Sikil P’aak: Smoked Pumpkin Seed-Tomato-Habanero Dip, Garden Vegetables, Black Sesame Masa Crackers, Puffed Amaranth

Chef Edgar Rico Chef Edgar Rico
Duck Carnitas Taco: Duck Confit, Radish, Shaved White Onion, Salsa Cruda, Tie Dye Masa Tortilla Compressed Steelbow Farms Melonade and Snow Leopard Melon, Costeño-Gochujang Vinaigrette, Kumquat, Cucumber, Black Radish, Chile Oil, Herbs



Chef Keith Rzepecki of Hestia

Chef Keith Rzepecki

Seared Scallop, Miso-Mushroom Gelée, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Dry-Aged Beef Fat

Chef Keith Rzepecki Chef Keith Rzepecki
Smoked Celtuce, Charred Celtuce Purée, Bay Oil, Crème Fraîche, Kaluga Caviar Grilled Ribeye, Wild Onion, Roasted Morels, XO Sauce



Chef Amanda Turner of Olamaie

Chef Amanda Turner

Beef Tartare, Mustard Seed, Dijon, B&B Beets, Shallot, Egg Yolk, Beet Chips

Chef Amanda Turner Chef Amanda Turner
Duck Breast, Caramelized Onion Gravy, Nina’s Cornbread Dressing, Pickled Cherry Purée, Grilled Chestnut Mushroom Confit Curry Lamb Neck Terrine, Sweet Pepper Purée, Black Garlic Oil, Black Eyed Peas, Pickled Peppers



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