This past Friday night at the Waldorf Astoria New York, guests and a panel of culinary luminaries gathered to select the nextTaste of Waldorf Astoriafrom five dishes created in the kitchens ofWaldorf Astoria Berlin,Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts,Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian,La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, andWaldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. The winning dish, Celery Risotto Alla Waldorf, is the result of a week-long collaboration in Rome between Waldorf Astoria Master and JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef David Posey at Rome Cavalieri.
Celery Risotto Alla Waldorf joins a lineup of iconic signature dishes that have been created at Waldorf Astoria, including Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet Cake, and The Waldorf Salad.
The panel of four judges includedHilton Worldwide Corporate Chef Americas Master Chef of France Marc Ehrler,bon appétitRestaurant & Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, JBF Director of Sponsorships Yvon Ros, and culinary and travel expert Nilou Motamed.
“This event was a testament to Waldorf Astoria’s commitment to innovative culinary excellence and fostering young talent, values we share with James Beard Foundation,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Chef Heinz Beck and Chef David Posey along with all the talented chefs who participated inTaste of Waldorf Astoria.”
“The James Beard Foundation is dedicated to supporting chefs throughout their professional journey, so it was thrilling to watch these emerging and energetic chefs bring a fresh energy to the kitchens of established masters,” said Susan Ungaro, president, James Beard Foundation. “We look forward to expanding this groundbreaking programme with Waldorf Astoria into next year and introducing new culinary classics to all.”
Last summer, JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalists were offered the opportunity to submit a 250-word statement on why they should be considered for this one-of-a-kind global programme. Ultimately, five candidates were selected based on their compelling personal stories. TheTaste of Waldorf Astoriapairings included:
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef:
2014 JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Christopher Kajioka, formerly of Vintage Cave (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Michelin Star Chef Pierre Gagnaire is at the helm of 11 lauded restaurants in Europe andabroad, including the Michelin-starred Modern French restaurant Les Solistes at Waldorf Astoria Berlin.Chris Kajioka, an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America and Per Se in New York, just left the Executive Chef position at Vintage Cave in Honolulu to open his own project.His new restaurant is slated to open in 2015 and will emphasise his style of contemporary French cuisine paired with Japanese flavors featuring local and seasonal ingredients from Hawaii.
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Heinz Beck
2014 JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: David Posey, formerly of Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois)
Since 1994, Heinz Beck has served as head chef at Rome Cavalieri’s La Pergola, Rome’s only restaurant with three Michelin Stars. Heinz Beck is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievements throughout a long and prestigious career – La Pergola’s menu is his greatest achievement to date. David Posey is a star chef in Chicago, formerly the Chef de Cuisine at Blackbird and now embarking on a new chapter by opening his own restaurant next year.
Waldorf Astoria Master Chefs: Chris and Jeff Galvin
2014 JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan (Brunswick, Maine) and Bao Bao Dumpling House (Portland, Maine)
Michelin-starred chef brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin, reinvigorated the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh’s dining program, making The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie De Luxe two of the finest restaurants in Scotland and the UK. Executive Chef Craig Sandle leads day-to-day operations. Cara Stadler, who has been recognised byFood & Wineas one of America’s best new chefs, is the owner and head chef at the celebrated Asian Fusion restaurant Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine as well as recently opened Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, Maine.
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Jimmy Schmidt
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Eduardo Ruiz of Picnik andCorazón y Miel(Bell, CA)
An innovative pioneer in America’s culinary movement towards sustainable cooking and farm-to-table dining, La Quinta Resort’s Chef Jimmy Schmidt is a three-time James Beard Award winner and one of the original members of the James Beard Foundation. Recently named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30, Eduardo Ruiz is the Executive Chef and owner of the newly opened PICNIK Restaurant in Pasadena, California and the acclaimed CORAZON Y MIEL in Bell, California.
Waldorf Astoria Master Chef: Jan van Dyk
JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef: Marjorie Meek Bradley of Ripple and Roofer’s Union (Washington, D.C.)
Jan van Dyk is the Executive Chef Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, offeringmodern French cuisine infused with gastronomy classics perfected over 20 years’ of gourmet experience in some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants and private clubs.Marjorie Meek-Bradley oversees the kitchens as Executive Chef at both Ripple and Roofers Union in Washington, DC.Marjorie has served a variety of cuisines in many top-rated restaurants and her impressive pedigree includes having worked for renowned chef, , at Per Se in NYC and Bouchon in Yountville, CA.
For more information aboutTaste of Waldorf Astoriaand to see the recipe for Celery Risotto Alla Waldorf, please visitwww.tasteofwaldorfastoria.com.