Jason Neroni never won that James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award he so memorably petitioned for, but congrats are in order StarChefs has just named the 10 Downing toque a 2009 New York Rising Star along with Jamison Blankenship (Morimoto), George Mendes (Aldea), Damian Sansonetti (Bar Boulud), Isao Yamada (Upstairs at Bouley), and Patrick Connolly (Bobo). For the specialized honorees, see below.
Community Award: Harold Dieterle (Perilla)
Sustainability Award: Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy)
Restaurateur Award: Colin Devlin (Dressler, DuMont, DuMont Burger)
Restaurant Concept Award: Angelo Sosa (Xie Xie)
Pastry Chef: Robert Truitt (Corton)
Pastry Chef: Brooks Headley (Del Posto)
Mixologist: Orson Salicetti (Apothéke)
Mixologist: Maxwell Britten (Freemans)
Sommelier: Claire Paparazzo (Blue Hill)
Host Chef: Brandon Kida (Asiate)
The awards ceremony, hosted by Chef Brandon Kida of Asiate, will be held on September 22. There will also be a private event hosted by Le Cirque paterfamilias Sirio Maccioni and his chef Craig Hopson. You can get tickets here.