The Art of Plating Rising Talent 36 Semifinalists

TAOP Staff

As part of our search for 16 fearless individuals for The Art of Plating Rising Talent, we asked our invitation-only community of actively engaged industry insiders — a comprised cross-section of more than 150 professionals and tastemakers in U.S. & Canada — to nominate names worthy of recognition. Here are our 36 semifinalists.

Purveyors & Farmers

Ian Purkaystha
Founder of Regalis Foods
New York, NY

Liv Woudstra
Founder of Trufflin
New York, NY

Tyler Trainum
Farmer at Autumn Olive Farms
Shenandoah Valley, VA

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Sweet peas @autumn_olive_farms

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Aaron Arizpe
Curator and Hospitality Consultant
New York, NY

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sourdough cavatelli, spring onion & marigold

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Camila Basmagi
Founder of Recipes for Change
Miami, FL

Francis Miranda
Co-owner of Nightshade
Los Angeles, CA

Holly Liss
Social Media Consultant and Founder of Enlisst
Los Angeles, CA

Jenny Gao
Founder of Fly by Jing
Los Angeles, CA

Jonah Freedman
Owner of Freedman’s
Los Angeles, CA

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Latkes aren’t just for Hanukkah, but it’s Hanukkah so we got the latkes : @dylanandjeni

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Matthew Jozwiak
Founder of Rethink Food NYC
New York, NY


Casey Palermino
Chef de Cuisine at Willow’s Inn
Lummi Island, WA

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A summer classic. Herbed tostada (Willows Inn, June 2018)

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Daniel Garcia
Executive Sous Chef at Crown Shy
New York, NY

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Italian Summer

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Francois Emmanuel Nicol
Chef and Co-owner of Tanière³
Quebec City, Canada

Jenny Dorsey
Chef and Founder of Studio Atao
Los Angeles, CA

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This week I’m bringing Asian in America to Napa Valley!! @TheCulinaryInstituteofAmerica and @MITMediaLab is hosting their annual ReThink Food Conference and we will be one of the featured breakout sessions on November 8th (also my birthday!). This officially kicks off Asian in America’s North American tour and I’m really stoked to share the experience with many food futurists and activists in Northern California. If you’re in the area, please come by! . I also want to give a shout out to Lisa @Macabasco and @HillaryDixlerCanavan for the wonderful profile about Asian in America on @Eater 2 weeks ago. A heartfelt thank you for helping share my work and the Asian American story with a national audience. You can read that at: . Photo by Jennifer Reagan from the good times at @FutureofStorytelling. This particular iteration of Model Minority had its 3D printed by @natural.machines

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Jeongin Hwang
Executive Sous Chef at Benu
San Francisco, CA

Joe Anthony
Chef de Cuisine at Gabriel Kreuther
New York, NY

Jordan Guevara
Chef de Cuisine at Nico
San Francisco, CA

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Fluke, Summer squash, Seaweed sauce. Nico SF.

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Kacie Carter
Chef-owner of Honey-Hi
Los Angeles, CA

Kane Adkisson
Chef-owner of Kano
Omaha, NE

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Grilled black cod with house fermented chili and vadouvan spices

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Marisol Corona
Chef de Cuisine at Atla
New York, NY

Roze Traore
Private Chef
New York, NY

Sean MacDonald
Chef-owner of ēst Restaurant
Toronto, Canada

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Duck Breast, Sweet Potato, Peanut, Turnip, Fermented Coffee Bean

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Vince Nguyen
Chef-owner of Berlu
Portland, Oregon

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Chewy carrots and slightly dried sungold tomatoes in a nectarine tea flavored with marigold. @artculinairemagazine #berlupdx

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Pastry Chefs & Bakers

Allison Osorio
Pastry Chef at Otium
Los Angeles, CA

Andy Kadin
Baker and Owner of Bub and Grandma’s
Los Angeles, CA

Dyan Ng
Pastry Chef at Auburn
Los Angeles, CA

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Strawberry tartine, geranium foam, milk ice cream, milk jam, granité of strawberry infused whey #barfood

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Nick Muncy
Pastry Chef and Founder of Toothache Magazine
San Francisco, CA

Samira Saade
Pastry Chef at Bachour Bakery
Miami, FL


Alex Testere
Illustrator & Editor
Brooklyn, NY

Emily Elyse Miller
Founder of Breakfast Club
New York, NY

Marissa A Ross
Wine Editor at Bon Appetit
Los Angeles, CA

Matty Yangwoo Kim
New York, NY

Samuel Wells
Filmmaker and Photographer
San Diego, CA

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Link in profile to see the video of this being made by @davinwaite

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Shiva Reddy
Wine Director at Savio Volpe
Vancouver, Canada

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“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” ~ Galileo Galilei The Lambrusco Spritz. #SummerofSpritz

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Marie Vayron Ponsonnet
Sommelier of Le Bernardin and Winemaker of Colète
New York, NY

Mary Allison Wright
Wine Director and Owner of Rino Yacht Club
Denver, CO

Final Honorees will be hand chosen by our Committee, a group of iconic industry leaders that includes chefs Dominique Crenn, chef Daniel Humm, hotelier Brian De Lowe, photographer Evan Sung, and The Art of Plating’s Founder Maria Nguyen. The final list will be announced on October 15, 2019. Read more here.