Turn this page and you'll see the future of American food: our 10 Best New Chefs of 2001. To find them, we sifted through hundreds of nominations from restaurant critics, chefs and other trusted sources, then sent our editors on a nationwide eating binge. One thing the winners have in common is that each has been in charge of restaurant kitchens in the United States for less than five years. Another is that their food surprised us, thrilled us, made us put down our forks in wide-eyed admiration. and pick them up again, fast. So get ready to meet tomorrow's stars, introduced here through interviews and recipes that show off their talent. And know that the future is in good hands.
Palena, Washington, DC
Because his versions of authentic Italian dishes have an unusual and welcome depth of flavor.