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.

June 07, 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.


© Nigel Parry.

1. Jason Stratton

Spinasse • Seattle

Zucchini Carpaccio with Salt-Broiled Shrimp

© Nigel Parry.

2. Alex Seidel

Fruition • Denver

Grilled Green Bean Salad with Lentil Vinaigrette

© Nigel Parry.

3. John Shields

Town House • Chilhowie, Virginia

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried Shallots

© Nigel Parry.

4. Clayton Miller

Trummer' on Main • Clifton, Virginia

Hush Puppies with Green Zebra Tomato Jam

© Nigel Parry.

5. Jonathon Sawyer

The Greenhouse Tavern • Cleveland

Foie Gras–Steamed Clams

© Nigel Parry.

6. Mike Sheerin

Blackbird • Chicago

Twice-Glazed Asian Barbecued Chicken
Cucumber-Cherry Salad

© Nigel Parry.

7. Roy Choi

Kogi Korean BBQ • Los Angeles

Midnight Tortas

© Nigel Parry.

8. James Syhabout

Commis • Oakland, California

Green Tomatoes with Pistachio Relish

© Nigel Parry.

9. Missy Robbins

A Voce • New York City

Orecchiette with Marinated Eggplant, Burrata and Chiles

© Nigel Parry.

10. Matt Lightner

Castagna • Portland, Oregon

Grilled Squid and Torpedo Onions with Sorrel

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