Pastry chef and social advocate Paola Velez
Hector Velez

Each year Rising Stars spotlights the best and brightest in the restaurant industry. Pastry chef and social advocate Paola Velez led last year's report.

Nominations Open for FSR Rising Stars

FSR's premier report, Rising Stars, will return in the September 2023 issue. But first we need your help to find the industry's best and brightest!

If you or someone you know is at the top of their game, pushing the envelope, and on track to make an impact within the restaurant industry, we want to hear about them. Rising Stars isn't limited to chefs and restaurateurs, but can also include foodservice professionals in operations, beverage, marketing, technology, human resources, third-party partners, and more. 

The two requirements are that the individual work on the full-service side of the restaurant industry and be 39 years old or younger as of publication date (September 1, 2023).

Nominate now!

The deadline is end of day Monday, July 3. Questions? Reach out to FSR editor Callie Evergreen at

Check out our three most recent Rising Stars reports:

Rising Stars 2022: 40 to Watch

Rising Stars 2021: Rising Strong

Rising Stars 2020: Star Power

Rising Stars 2019: On the Rise

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