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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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Published July 2011
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