Best New Chefs 2011: Their Simplest Recipes

F&W is thrilled to introduce the Best New Chefs of 2011—incredibly talented people who are moving food forward in this country. Here, the winning chefs, plus easy, creative dishes from each.

One is a Peruvian native whose first cooking job was at Benihana; another is a Top Chef star; two more are a team from Salt Lake City who combine a love of foraging and a passion for seafood. The Best New Chef 2011 winners have very different backgrounds and cooking styles that reflect the amazing diversity in the restaurant world right now. Yet they have a few things in common: They've all run a kitchen for no more than five years, and they all blew us away when we traveled around the country to taste their outstanding food.

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Salt Lake City Chef Viet Pham, Best New Chef 2011
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Salt Lake City Chef Bowman Brown, Best New Chef 2011

Viet Pham & Bowman Brown

Forage • Salt Lake City

Pea Porridge with Fresh Cheese and Ham

St. Louis Chef Kevin Willmann Best New Chef 2011
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Kevin Willmann

Farmhaus • St. Louis

Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

San Francisco Chef Joshua Skenes, Best New Chef 2011
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Joshua Skenes

Saison • San Francisco

Grilled Brassicas with Mixed Grains and Bonito Broth

LA Chef Ricardo Zarate, Best New Chef 2011
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Ricardo Zarate

Mo-Chica • Los Angeles

Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho Pesto

Seattle Chef Jason Franey, Best New Chef 2011
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Jason Franey

Canlis • Seattle

Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese

Austin Chef Bryce Gilmore, Best New Chef 2011
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Bryce Gilmore

Barley Swine • Austin

Grilled Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

New York City Chef Carlo Mirarchi, Best New Chef 2011
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Carlo Mirarchi

Roberta's • New York City

Sea Urchin Linguine

New York City Chef George Mendes, Best New Chef 2011
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George Mendes

Aldea • New York City

Ten-Minute Salt Cod with Corn and Littleneck Clams

Chicago Chef Stephanie Izard, Best New Chef 2011
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Stephanie Izard

Girl & the Goat • Chicago

Kohlrabi, Fennel and Blueberry Salad

Birmingham Chef James Lewis, Best New Chef 2011
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James Lewis

Bettola • Birmingham, AL

Crisp-Skinned Porchetta with Lemon and Chile

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