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The People's Best New Chef: New York Area Contenders

The People's Best New Chef: New York Area Chefs

At F&W, we name America’s 10 most brilliant up-and-coming chefs every year. Now we want to know who you think is the most talented new chef in America.

Regions:
California, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York Area, Northwest & Pacific, Southeast, Southwest

Danny Amend

Photo excerpted from FRANNY'S by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens, and Melissa Clark (Artisan Books). Copyright (c) 2013. Photographs by John von Pamer.

Danny Amend

Restaurant: Marco's (Read a review)

Location: Brooklyn

Why He's Amazing: Because his stellar cooking résumé is quietly present in his super-delicious, unfussy, homespun Italian dishes.

Culinary School: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)

Background: Franny's (Brooklyn); Per Se, Alain Ducasse at the Essex House (New York City)


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Fredrik Berselius

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Fredrik Berselius

Restaurant: Aska (Read a review)

Location: Brooklyn

Why He's Amazing: Because he draws intense flavors out of simple, often foraged ingredients—like scallops: roasted, pureed and dried into transparent chips that taste sweetly of the ocean—at his modern Scandinavian restaurant.

Culinary School: Self-taught

Background: Frej (Brooklyn), Seäsonal (New York City)


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Daniel Burns

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Daniel Burns

Restaurant: Luksus (Read a review)

Location: Brooklyn

Why He's Amazing: Because he's cooking earthy, elegant, avant-garde food (both savory and sweet) to go with rare, adventurous craft brews.

Culinary School: Vancouver Community College; Camosun Community College (Victoria, BC)

Background: Momofuku Culinary Lab (New York City), Noma (Copenhagen), The Fat Duck (Bray, England), St. John (London)


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Paul Carmichael

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Paul Carmichael

Restaurant: Momofuku Má Pêche (Read a review)

Location: New York City

Why He's Amazing: Because he revamped Má Pêche's menu with flavors from his childhood in Barbados, and even added haute dim sum-style dishes to the already elegant offerings.

Culinary School: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)

Background: Perla (San Juan, Puerto Rico); WD-50, Asiate, The Tasting Room, Aquavit (New York City)


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Hooni Kim

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Hooni Kim

Restaurant: Danji, Hanjan (Read a review)

Location: New York City

Why He's Amazing: Because he's cooking fantastic Korean food, gastropub style.

Culinary School: The French Culinary Institute (New York City)

Background: Daniel, Masa (New York City)


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Joe Ogrodnek & Walker Stern

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Joe Ogrodnek & Walker Stern

Restaurant: Battersby, Dover (Read a review)

Location: Brooklyn

Why They're Amazing: Because from Battersby's tiny Brooklyn kitchen they're turning out creative, market-fresh dishes that outshine those at many high-end Manhattan restaurants.

Culinary School: Both: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)

Background: Ogrodnek: Union Square Café, Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Gramercy Tavern (New York City); Anella (Brooklyn); Stern: Mix (Las Vegas); Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Blue Hill (New York City); The Vanderbilt, Anella (Brooklyn)


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Kevin Pemoulié

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Kevin Pemoulié

Restaurant: Thirty Acres (Read a review)

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Why He's Amazing: Because he's helping to make Jersey City a true restaurant destination with his innovative, farm-driven cooking.

Culinary School: The French Culinary Institute (New York City)

Background: CraftBar, Momofuku Noodle Bar (New York City)


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Ann Redding & Matt Danzer

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Ann Redding & Matt Danzer

Restaurant: Uncle Boons (Read a review)

Location: New York City

Why They're Amazing: Because they're alumni of Per Se channeling their cooking chops into scrumptious Thai pub food.

Culinary School: Danzer: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY); Redding: Institute of Culinary Education (New York City)

Background: Both: Per Se (New York City); Danzer: Country (New York City); the French Laundry (Yountville, CA); Redding: La Esquina, Jewel Bako, Amuse (New York City)


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Bryce Shuman

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Bryce Shuman

Restaurant: Betony (Read a review)

Location: New York City

Why He's Amazing: Because his cooking is exquisite but exceptionally flavorful. For example: seared foie gras with kale, ham broth, smoked pork hocks and pickled black garlic.

Culinary School: California Culinary Academy (San Francisco)

Background: Eleven Madison Park (New York City); Rubicon, Postrio (San Francisco)


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Michael Toscano

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Michael Toscano

Restaurant: Montmartre (Read a review), Perla

Location: New York City

Why He's Amazing: Because he's putting his talent for cooking all things meat into a cool, old-school French brasserie menu.

Culinary School: American Culinary Federation apprenticeship at the Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, NC)

Background: Bouchon Bakery, Babbo, Manzo (New York City)


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