At the 8th Annual StarChefs.com 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 StarChefs.com 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!
SAVORY Pop Up
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.
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!
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 StarChefs.com International Chef’s Congress.