Each year, F&W editors spend months finding cooks who are fantastically skilled, creative and driven. Here, our Best New Chefs of 2010, plus simple, spectacular recipes from each.

Food & Wine
June 06, 2012

"Dumplings don't just fall out of the sky," says Roy Choi, one of this year's 10 Best New Chefs. His point: Making his favorite childhood dish is hard work. Similarly, Best New Chefs don't just miraculously appear: F&W editors spend months finding them. To locate cooks who are fantastically skilled, creative and driven—and who have run a kitchen for no longer than five years—we gather recommendations from food professionals nationwide, then eat anonymously at countless restaurants. And this year, we located exceptional chefs all over, from a remote corner of Virginia to the streets of Los Angeles, where Choi presides over a revolutionary Korean taco truck.

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1. Jason Stratton

Spinasse • Seattle

Zucchini Carpaccio with Salt-Broiled ShrimpAlex Seidel© Nigel Parry.

2. Alex Seidel

Fruition • Denver

Grilled Green Bean Salad with Lentil VinaigretteJohn Shields© Nigel Parry.

3. John Shields

Town House • Chilhowie, Virginia

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried ShallotsClayton Miller© Nigel Parry.

4. Clayton Miller

Trummer' on Main • Clifton, Virginia

Hush Puppies with Green Zebra Tomato JamJonathon Sawyer© Nigel Parry.

5. Jonathon Sawyer

The Greenhouse Tavern • Cleveland

Foie Gras–Steamed ClamsMike Sheerin© Nigel Parry.

6. Mike Sheerin

Blackbird • Chicago

Twice-Glazed Asian Barbecued Chicken
Cucumber-Cherry SaladRoy Choi© Nigel Parry.

7. Roy Choi

Kogi Korean BBQ • Los Angeles

Midnight TortasJames Syhabout© Nigel Parry.

8. James Syhabout

Commis • Oakland, California

Green Tomatoes with Pistachio RelishMissy Robbins© Nigel Parry.

9. Missy Robbins

A Voce • New York City

Orecchiette with Marinated Eggplant, Burrata and ChilesMatt Lightner© Nigel Parry.

10. Matt Lightner

Castagna • Portland, Oregon

Grilled Squid and Torpedo Onions with Sorrel

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