Monday, May 21, 2012 - 07:30

Hobart Honors Up-and-Coming Culinary Talent with Rising Star Artisan Award

Hobart, in partnership with, recently recognized Chef Bart Bell of Crescent Pie & Sausage Company in New Orleans with a Rising Stars Artisan Award. The 2012 Rising Stars award program, which includes multiple categories, recognizes culinary artists and innovators from across the country.

The Rising Stars Artisan Award celebrates the craftsman spirit of up-and-coming culinary talent. The award highlights the creative outlook, philosophy and ambition of chefs committed to traditional culinary techniques. As a supporter of the artisan spirit, Hobart is the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 Rising Stars Artisan Award.

Bell, co-owner and chef at Crescent Pie & Sausage Company, was honored for his commitment to charcuterie, the discipline within the culinary arts that includes curing and preparing meats like bacon, pâtés and, in his specialty, sausage.

“We’ve been seeing a resurgence in back-to-basics cooking and back-to-scratch menus in restaurants of all varieties,” said Jenni Bair, Hobart brand marketing manager. “Chef Bart brings a modern sensibility to the centuries-old art and technique of charcuterie. We’re proud to support chefs across the country who are combining that passion for innovation with respect for tradition.”

“Hobart recognized this exciting industry trend and partnered with to sponsor the Rising Stars Artisan Award, which will be presented quarterly to the individual who best represents the artisan spirit,” said Will Blunt, managing editor of “Hobart's products have been the backbone of culinary craftsmanship for the past century.”

Bell’s Crescent Pie & Sausage Company, in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, offers up a fusion of American and Cajun/Creole fare. Bell and his staff prepare sausages like bratwurst and andouille, as well as mozzarella and ricotta cheeses in-house. Crescent also is noted regionally for its sandwiches and pizzas, and for Bad Bart’s Black Jambalaya.

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