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.

Food & Wine
June 06, 2012

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. 

View a Slideshow of the 2011 Class of Best New Chefs

 Salt Lake City Chef Viet Pham, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry


 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© Nigel Parry



Kevin Willmann


Farmhaus • St. Louis

Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette 

 San Francisco Chef Joshua Skenes, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



Joshua Skenes


Saison • San Francisco

Grilled Brassicas with Mixed Grains and Bonito Broth 

 LA Chef Ricardo Zarate, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry


Ricardo Zarate

Mo-Chica • Los Angeles

Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho Pesto 

 Seattle Chef Jason Franey, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



Jason Franey


Canlis • Seattle

Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese 

 Austin Chef Bryce Gilmore, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



Bryce Gilmore


Barley Swine • Austin

Grilled Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette 

 New York City Chef Carlo Mirarchi, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



Carlo Mirarchi


Roberta's • New York City

Sea Urchin Linguine 

 New York City Chef George Mendes, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



George Mendes


Aldea • New York City

Ten-Minute Salt Cod with Corn and Littleneck Clams 

 Chicago Chef Stephanie Izard, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



Stephanie Izard


Girl & the Goat • Chicago

Kohlrabi, Fennel and Blueberry Salad 

 Birmingham Chef James Lewis, Best New Chef 2011© Nigel Parry



James Lewis


Bettola • Birmingham, AL

Crisp-Skinned Porchetta with Lemon and Chile  

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