On Thursday, April 16 John da Silva (Spoke), Cassie Piuma (Sarma) and Cara Chigazola (Oleana) were honored
by NY-based industry-trends magazine StarChefs.com as 2015 Boston Rising Stars at a ceremony and Tasting Gala held at The Colonnade Hotel.. This award ceremony marks the 49th Rising Stars list that StarChefs.com has named during its 12-year tenure and holds a special place in the organization’s heart as Boston was the first city in which they recognized food and beverage up-and-comers back in 2003. Since that first awards ceremony the organization has gone on to recognize a number of notable culinary titans nationwide and a few in our backyard, including Ana Sortun (Oleana, Sofra, Sarma) and Tony Maws (Craigie on Main) who each had protégés honored during this year’s ceremony. The evening was a meeting of minds of the city’s brightest culinary talent and each honoree was bestowed the opportunity to wow a crowd of 400+ Boston notables with their signature dishes and cocktails during the two hour Tasting Gala. In addition to the pleasure of cooking for the city of Boston and the StarChefs.com team, each honoree received a commemorative plate and Vitamix mixer and has entered a talented pool of culinary individuals that are recognized as the best and brightest the country has to offer. This great honor is something each honoree will carry for the rest of their careers.
Photo: John da Silva of Spoke (fourth from the left), Cassie Piuma of Sarma (fourth from the left), Cara Chigazola of Oleana (fifth from the left)