Star Chefs New York Rising Stars 2011

Each year, culinary trade organization Star Chefs likes to look in their giant crystal ball to predict the next big chefs and bartenders in various cities around the country. We give them much credit for their picks, which unlike other organizations designates truly under-exposed restaurant pros. You've likely never heard of Shawn Gawle (of Corton) or Hooni Kim (of Danji), who were two of the 15 recipients honored at a splashy walk-around tasting at Bar Basque. Rember those names.

Each chef served a signature dish, which ranged from airy gnocchi (Hilary Sterling of A Voce) to beef carpaccio with burrata (Jesse Schenker of Recette). My favorite dish was Adam Schop's beautifully prepared Peruvian chicken—incredibly moist and sided with papas fritas. You can catch him at Nuela in the Flatiron District.

Congrats to all the recipients.

Hillary Sterling | A Voce

Jesse Schenker | Recette

Aaron Chambers | Boulud Sud

Vikas Khanna | Junoon

Hooni Kim | Danji

Adam Schop | Nuela

Jenny McCoy | Craft

Shawn Gawle | Corton

Shuna Lydon | Peels

John Mooney | Bell Book & Candle

Joe Campanale | Dell'Anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora

Nick Adams Robinson | Tocqueville

Seju Yang | Brushstroke

Leo Robitschek | Eleven Madison Park

Damon Boelte | Prime Meats