Celebrating 16 rising talents fearlessly pursuing their passions in culinary & hospitality.

Now more than ever, it's important to us to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the unsung heroes in the culinary world. From the farmers that grow beautiful produce, to the chef who creatively pivoted their business during the pandemic, or the activist who made an impact for their community. This year’s awards will highlight 16 diverse individuals that not only excel in their craft, but have come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.

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How It Works

Through an open application process and meticulous research, The Art of Plating identifies 36 Semifinalists from the applicant pool for our trusted committee members of all-star experts to hand select the 16 Rising Talents. Finalists will be announced in October 2021.

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2021 Committee Members

This year’s committee consists of a diverse all-star lineup of food and beverage pros.


Maria Nguyen

Maria Nguyen is a former art director and digital media veteran turned mega mind behind The Art of Plating. Her passion for storytelling has taken her all over the world to collaborate with some of the world’s best chefs and has garnered her multiple awards.



Brian Canlis

Brian Canlis is a restaurateur and third generation co-owner of Canlis Restaurant, a Seattle, Washington, fine dining destination that’s been around for more than 70 years. Under Brian and his brother's leadership, the restaurant has become a north star for hospitality and creativity.


Chef & Activist

Dominique crenn

Dominique is the chef-owner of three Michelin starred restaurant Atelier Crenn. She is an outspoken and active member of the international culinary community, promoting innovation, sustainability, and equality through her various channels.



Amar Lalvani

Amar Lalvani is a hotelier and the CEO of Standard International, a company that has more than a dozen hotel and food and beverage properties. With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Amar has lead the company to excel in building a strong and inclusive culture.



Nina Compton

Nina Compton is a TV Personality and the James Beard Award winning chef behind New Orlean's Compère Lapin. Born and raised in St. Lucia, she is also serves as the country’s Culinary Ambassador.



Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel is the pastry chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery, cookbook author, and the mastermind behind innovative desserts like the Cronut, Cookie Shot, and Frozen S’more.



Jordan Salcito

Jordan Salcito is a standout sommelier who spent a decade creating award-winning wine programs at some of the country’s top restaurants before switching gears to start her own wine brand in 2016. Drink RAMONA is a canned wine brand with a mission to democratize fine wine.