Monday, June 25, 2012 - 07:45

Hobart Salutes Culinary Creativity with Rising Stars Artisan Award

Artisan Award Celebrates Craftsman Spirit of Future Culinary Leaders

Hobart, in partnership with, recently recognized Todd Immel, chef at Atlanta’s Star Provisions, with the Rising Stars Artisan Award. This 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.

The award honors Immel for his dedication to the craft of charcuterie, which is an integral part of his current role as manager of the meat and seafood department at Star Provisions. Charcuterie is the art of making sausages and other cured, smoked and preserved meats. According to, Immel’s skill and true craftsmanship have helped turn Star Provisions into Atlanta’s “go to” source for artisanal meat.

“Hobart is proud to support chefs around the country who are embracing the trends of back-to-basics cooking and back-to-scratch menus,” said Jenni Bair, Hobart brand marketing manager. “Over the course of his career, Chef Todd Immel has established himself as a true culinary artisan with extensive experience and expertise in meat preparation.”

“Rising Stars have strong, compelling culinary philosophies, are able to see beyond the four walls of their restaurant, and are committed to sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals,” said Managing Editor Will Blunt. “It was the craftsman spirit of Atlanta that inspired us to expand our existing culinary and restaurateur awards with the Artisan Award, presented by Hobart.”

Star Provisions’ meat and seafood department strives to provide the highest-quality items including organic grass-fed beef; free-range, cold-processed poultry; rare and unusual wild game; local Berkshire pork; Georgia-grown organic produce; wild fish flown in daily; and the freshest shellfish available. Immel draws on his significant experience to offer a wide variety of salumi, cured and fresh meats, wild seafood and local organic produce. In addition, he demonstrates expertise in handling and the preparation of such fare.

More information about’s Atlanta Rising Stars is available at

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Hobart is the world leader in commercial food equipment and service for the foodservice and grocery industries. An ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award winner in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2008 and 2009, Hobart manufactures products for warewashing and waste handling; food preparation; Baxter bakery; cooking; weighing, wrapping and labeling systems; and Traulsen refrigeration. Hobart equipment is supported by a national network of factory-trained service representatives in hundreds of locations across the United States. To learn more about Hobart, visit, connect on Facebook at or follow on Twitter at

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