Steelite Sponsors StarChefs ICC

At the 8th Annual International Chefs Congress, we got to do one of our favorite things – spend day and night with some of the most talented chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers in the world.  A three-day culinary symposium, the ICC gathers more than 140 of the world’s most innovative industry professionals to present the latest techniques and culinary concepts.

For us, ICC is not-to-be-missed, and we proudly provided tableware and glassware for many of the events.  Our products were showcased at the International Pastry Competition, main stage demos, the Savory and Pastry Pop Ups, mixology workshops, and wine tasting seminars – “Steelite Sightings” galore!

International Pastry Competition

The only thing we love more than an amazing dessert is an amazing dessert presented on Steelite. Twenty pastry chefs competed to win this three-day competition designed to showcase the creativity of the most talented pastry chefs in the industry.  A big congratulations to the winner – Sean Pera of Herons (Cary, NC)!

Savory & Pastry Pop Ups 

We partnered up with PreGel AMERICA to host the EAT@ICC Pastry Pop Up and provided plateware for the Savory Pop Up.  Each day, the pop ups featured three-course tastings by the best of the best, plated on Steelite.

PASTRY Pop Up – presented by Steelite International + PreGel AMERICA

Day 1: Pastry Chef Philip Speer, Uchi (Austin, TX)
Day 2: Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy, Sixteen, Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago, IL)
Day 3: Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis, Institute of Culinary Education (New York, NY)


Pastry “Impromptu” Pop Up

A special thanks goes out to who we are calling the “Dream Team” – Pastry Chefs Johnny Iuzzini, Philip Speer & team, Sam Mason, and Patrick Fahy came together to create a dessert tasting menu in less than 25 minutes!  An unexpected turn of events brought this team of chefs together to assist in the Steelite/PreGel Pastry Pop Up.  What a great surprise for the hungry crew that got to try these impeccable desserts on Steelite china!

dream team


Day 1: Chef Bill Kim, BellyQ (Chicago, IL)
Day 2: Chef David Bazirgan, Fifth Floor (San Francisco, CA)

Day 3: Chef Jeff McInnis, root & bone (New York, NY)


Main Stage Demos & Workshops

Some of our favorite chefs stepped up to the plate (Steelite plates, of course) on the main stage. From “Full Range of Flavor” with Chef Bryan Voltaggio to “Man of Manzanilla: Modernist Spain Takes on the Big Apple” with Chef Dani García, these chefs had us swooning.  Bonus: Chef Voltaggio’s pumpkin pasta made its way into the audience and two very lucky ladies got to taste!


Art of Presentation: Dominique Crenn & Juan Contreras

This dynamic duo showed up on stage to stun the audience with their ingenious techniques. From using a fish tank pump to create air in tomato water to sheering a wine bottle in half to make an unbelievable presentation – this team takes creativity to a whole new level. Owner and Chef at Altelier Crenn in San Francisco, Crenn and Contreras plated on Pillivuyt’s Vendome to spice up the wine bottle presentation.


Mixology & Wine Tasting Seminars

Any culinary showcase is incomplete without an amazing display of mixology.  Our Bormioli Rocco and Rona lines were highlighted alongside some truly fantastic cocktails at the MIX@ICC stations. And, we were proud to be part of workshops with industry rockstars – like the Tippling Bros – and on the table for master sommeliers in the Somm Slam.


Congress Cocktail

It’s always nice to sit back and have a drink after a hard day’s work. This 2-hour event kicked off Monday evening and featured 10 masterful mixologists. Not only were we bound to find a great drink, but we’d be drinking in style using one of Bormioli Rocco’s glasses. Whiskey sour looks great in both, Galassia and Cortina. Thanks to PreGel America and Chef Frederic Monti for creating the delicious Green Apple Whiskey Sour with meringue garnish pictured below. Cheers!



Steelite International Booth #41

StarChefs ICC is always one of our favorite events of the year because we get to interact with the industry’s finest chefs, F&B Directors, restaurateurs, and many more. This year, we had the privilege of working in close ties with PreGel America, which created a strong bond between the two companies. In addition, our marketing team designed a very appealing booth and attracted the eyes of many. Overall, we’d say it was a success!

ICC Booth 2013


We’re already dreaming about next year’s ICC.  To get the full scoop, visit our Facebook page to check out all of our photos from the 8th Annual International Chef’s Congress.

Vivid Colors, Character, and Variability: Steelite Craft


In the 20 years that Head of Design, Andrew Klimecki has worked for Steelite, he’s never been more excited for a new line of wares.

Craft’s design harkens back to the age of artisan potters in which every plate, cup, and bowl was touched by hand and displayed subtle differences on their rustic surfaces. Diners are tapping into this nostalgia and finding these contemporary wares comforting, reminiscent of an early, simpler era.

Improving on artisan craftsmanship, the Craft line is built with a modern plate-making technique that’s unique to Steelite and produces wares that are both heat and chip resistant. The variation in the plates and the applied glazes makes each piece have a singular sparkle, and, in fall 2013, Klimecki plans to add a new color to the successful blue, green, brown, terracotta, and grey glazes already available.

The plated cuisine of any chef looks simultaneously fresher and richer on Craft plates. And the dishware comes in a number of organic shapes and sizes that  complement traditional and modern styles of plating. It’s this seamless duality and versatility, that when paired with the artisan design, that makes Craft plates something to celebrate.

Interview with Andrew Klimecki (Watch Now)

Chef Richard Blais and Pastry Chef Andrea Litvin of The Spence -

Richard Blais’s Bone Marrow, Tuna Tartare, and Fried Quail Eggs. (View Gallery)

Steelite receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

Steelite International has received the royal seal of approval for outstanding performance in overseas markets — the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

We have to admit, we’re pretty proud of our team.  “It has truly been a team effort over many years,” said Steelite CEO Kevin Oakes.  “Everyone has stepped up to the plate. This award is recognition of the effort many people have put in.”

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is seen as the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Mr. Oakes also acknowledged our Made in Britain campaign.  “The business has been fully behind the Made in Britain effort, and this award can only add to that,” he said. “It underlines the quality of the workmanship and the integrity of the business. I think what sets us apart from other companies when we are selling to businesses abroad is the quality of the products, the excellent service we provide and there’s no question that the key driver to our growth has been design and innovation.”

Check out the full story in The Sentinel. Thank you, Queen Elizabeth! We’re honored.

Rising Stars Plating Award presented by Steelite

As a proud sponsor of StarChefs’ Rising Stars, Steelite is happy to award three chefs the Rising Stars Plating Award.  The winning chefs receive credit toward Steelite and an opportunity to select their own products from our vast line of tableware.  This Steelite Award is presented to the chefs whose plating presentations garnered the most “Likes” from the Rising Stars Plating Award album on shared on the Steelite Facebook page.


1st – $2,500: Ashley Brauze of DB Bistro Moderne







2nd – $1,500: Aurélien Dufour of Daniel Boulud Restaurants







3rd – $1,000: Malcolm Livingston II of wd~50







Congratulations to the winners! We were blown away by the gorgeous presentations. Thank you to all of the creative, talented chefs that participated.

Check out the Rising Stars Plating Award album on Facebook.

Sustainable Restaurant Association gives Steelite its seal of approval

We’re proud to announce that the Sustainable Restaurant Association has recognized our commitment to sustainable business practices by certifying us as an ‘Approved Supplier’ for the hospitality industry.  We’re even more honored that we are the first tableware manufacturer to be awarded with this recognition!

Mark Linehan, Director of the SRA said: “We’re really impressed by Steelite’s dedication to sustainability, in particular its excellent recycling policy, and UK production in Stoke-on-Trent that uses locally sourced materials.”

“Traditionally in the restaurant world, restaurateurs, chefs and consumers associate sustainability with the food on the plate without thinking about the plate on which it is served. Tableware is a crucial part of the whole dining experience and should be given the same level of consideration.”

Kevin Oakes, CEO of Steelite International, commented: “We’re really proud to be one of the remaining manufacturers at the heart of the potteries and as the largest manufacturer in the UK, we take our environmental policy very seriously. We continually monitor and develop the way we do business to create minimum impact on the community and environment.”

Check out the story in ITCM.