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Chef Luke Knox on the Bay Area food scene

Burritt Room + Tavern's Executive Chef Luke Knox Named Star Chefs 2016 Rising Star

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
It's that time again - New York-based StarChefs has revealed its crop of 2016 Rising Stars of the San Francisco Bay Area's food and beverage industry. Every three years, give or take, the publication names its picks for our neck-of-the-woods. This year's group includes several Chronicle Rising Stars, including Chef Luke Knox (Burritt Room Tavern), RyanPollnow (Aatxe), Val Cantu (Californios) and Maya Erickson (Lazy Bear). The chefs selected represent what StarChefs believes to be "the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene." To be eligible, winners must be under the age of 40 and have less than 10 years of industry experience. 
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here's the List of 2016 Winners:



  • David Barzelay | Lazy Bear
  • Carrie and Rupert Blease | Lord Stanley
  • Val Cantu | Californios
  • Yoni Levy | Outerlands
  • Ian Palazzola | Mourad
  • Ryan Pollnow | Aatxe
  • Brandon Rice | Rich Table

Hotel Chef

  • Luke Knox | Burritt Room Tavern at the Mystic Hotel

Community Chef

  • Evan Allumbaugh | flour water

Corporate Pastry Chef

  • Lisa Vega | Dandelion Chocolate
Mystic Hotel American Fare

Pastry Chefs

  • Maya Erickson | Lazy Bear
  • Edward Martinez | Cadence
  • Mikiko Yui | State Bird Provisions


  • Kinani Ahmed | Sextant Coffee Roasters
  • Josey Baker | Josey Baker Bread
  • John Blevins | Clove & Hoof
  • Salvatore Cracco | Trou Normand
  • Jay Goodwin | The Rare Barrel

Guest Chefs

  • Helene Kennan | Guckenheimer Enterprises
  • Victor Scargle | Executive Chef of the Culinary Institute of America at Copia


  • Brian Felley and Mo Hodges | Benjamin Cooper
  • Alicia Walton | The Sea Star


  • David Castleberry | RN74
  • Tara Patrick | Mourad


  • Ryan Cole, Jason Halverson, Cyrick Hia, Jason Kirmse, and Tai Ricci | Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group


  • Charles Bililies | Souvla