This week GREY GOOSE® Vodka honored the next batch of remarkable young New Yorkers with their Rising Icons Award, which recognizes some of the city’s most promising up-and-comers in the world of fashion, food, media and music.
The reception, hosted at Hotel Chantelle, featured this year’s honorees Lisalla Montenegro, Chef Roble Ali, Silver Medallion, DJ Sinatra, and DJ Steve Porter.
Guests sipped on a myriad of Grey Goose cocktails while cramming into the basement lounge for the awards presentation. Last year’s Rising Icons recipient DJ M.O.S. provided the tunes for a crowd that included notables such as Jenna Burke and DJ Mel DeBarge. Check out the winner bios below and keep your eyes on these movers and shakers!
Lisalla was born and raised in Goias, Brazil. After participating in a competition for Miss Goias, she met with modeling scouts who saw a star and brought Lisalla to America where she would begin her career. Since then, Lisalla has walked the international runways for some of the most prestigious designers including Hermes, Michael Kors, Armani Exchange, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, and Pinko. Lisalla has also graced the editorial pages of some of the most reputable fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Nylon and CosmoGIRL. Most recently, the stunning Brazilian Beauty was signed to iconic makeup brand Maybelline New York in 2010, and recently snagged Levi’s latest ad campaign.
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Chef Roblé Ali was always fascinated with food and cooking. He showed talent in the kitchen at a young age after learning from his grandfather, Jesse Harris, who was a professional chef. After quickly being identified as one of the hottest up-and-coming chefs, Roblé worked through the ranks as the youngest sous chef ever at Abigail Kirsch, an elite New York catering company. He worked side by side with Chef Chris Santos as Chef de Cuisine of Restaurant Mojo and on the opening of Stanton Social. In addition, Roblé was hired by nightlife mogul, Noah Tepperberg, to be the executive chef and design the menu at Avenue, a popular gastro-lounge in New York City. Roble currently stars on the Bravo TV Hit, “Chef Roble & Co.”
Silver Medallion provides the soundtrack for never-ending nighttime lives, a mix of dance music, dubstep, pop and rock that takes the listeners emotions and runs rampant with them through the dancefloor. Silver Medallion began as a pop performance duo, but with the tragic death of half of the group during their second national tour, aspirations shifted towards becoming a top musical talent in the vein of Calvin Harris, with high energy DJ sets and ruckus live performances both being booked throughout the nation. From constant tour dates to growing buzz press with the likes of magazines In Touch, Vogue and OK magazine, to hitting #1 on hypemachine, to blog support from This Song is Sick, Brobible and Good Music All Day, SilverMedallion is no longer on the way, he’s arrived.
DJ Sinatra was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. Having a love for music he began working as an audio engineer with numerous major artists and producers such as 50 Cent, Beyonce, and De La Soul. Having an opportunity in 2004, he traveled to Tokyo, Japan as a working DJ and fell in love with the craft. Upon returning to the United States DJ Sinatra expanded his fan base and became one of the most sought after DJ’s in New York City night life. Catch him any given night making crowds dance at one of his resident gigs at hot spots 1OAK, Butter, SL, Griffin and Gold Bar Funday’s. His steady list of celebrity admirers include Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan, Pharrell Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, and Natalie Portman. DJ Sinatra is highly requested for high end, exclusive private events.
DJ Steve Porter:
The go-to video producer for major companies across the globe, Steve Porter founded his production company Porterhouse Media in 2009 to facilitate the creation of his in-demand video remixes. In just the past two years, PorterHouse has been hired to create the 2010 NBA Playoff/Finals marketing campaign, E! Network promos for their award season red carpet coverage, and a weekly project with ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” for which Porter personally creates and premieres mash-up videos around each week’s games for both the 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons. Porter has also recently been hired to create viral videos for major companies such as ABC, NBC, VH1, New York Knicks, Wheaties, Disney, Hyundai, FedEx, and the Sierra Club.