Why he won Because at his two Bay Area restaurants he uses exceptional ingredients—especially house-butchered meat—for his marvelous Italian menus.
Born 1979 Raised Greenville, OH
Education The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Experience Brasa, Seattle; Ristorante Dulcamara, Florence, Italy; Campton Place, San Francisco.
Career turning point “Most of my training had been French. But at Brasa, I discovered a new way of cooking: wood grilling, wood-oven roasting.”
Favorite kitchen tool A calculator. “We use whole animals, so if I make sausages, I need to adapt proportions.”
Won Best New Chef at: A16 and SPQR, San Francisco, CA
- Mustard-and-Mayonnaise Glazed Asparagus
- Prosciutto-Cheese Piadina and Butternut Squash-Pecorino Piadina
- Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.