- Meet the People's Best New Chef
- The People's Best New Chef: Gulf Coast Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: New York Area Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: California Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: Northwest & Pacific Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: New England Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: Southeast Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: Mid-Atlantic Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: Midwest Contenders
- The People's Best New Chef: Southwest Contenders
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.
Photo © Kelsey Orr
Why He's Amazing: Because he's bringing light, imaginative (and spot-on) small plates like charred edamame with chile oil and pop rocks to Austin's meat-centric restaurant scene.
Culinary School: The New England Culinary Institute (Montpelier, VT)
background: Vespaio, Uchi, Kenichi, Jeffrey's, Haddingtons (/sites/default/files/ustin)
Photo © Mike Itashiki
Why He's Amazing: Because with his deft hand at both raw and cooked dishes, he's given Dallas both its best seafood restaurant ever as well as a stellar new Spanish tapas spot.
Culinary School: New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)
background: Abacus (/sites/default/files/allas)
Photo © Julie Soefer
Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner
Why They're Amazing: Because they're turning out tasty, thoughtful American food in two restaurants (one rustic, one refined) under a single roof.
Culinary School: Gallivan: The New England Culinary Institute (Burlington, VT); Siegel-Gardner: Self-taught
background: Both: Maze, Alto (/sites/default/files/ew York City); Gallivan: The Modern, August, (New York City); Siegel-Gardner: Aquavit (New York City); C-House (Chicago); Kata Robata (Houston)
Photo © Kevin Marple
Photo courtesy of Frederick Perez
Location: Salt Lake City
Why He's Amazing: Because he's serving up incredible ceviche and his takes on other classic Peruvian dishes in landlocked Utah.
Culinary School: Le Cordon Bleu (Las Vegas)
background: J&G Grill (/sites/default/files/ark City, UT); Trader Vic's (Las Vegas)
Photo © Jody Horton
Why He's Amazing: Because while solely based in Austin, he learned Japanese techniques, subtlety and flavor balancing, which, along with his Filipino heritage, he's now applying to American ingredients in wonderfully unpredictable ways.
Culinary School: Le Cordon Bleu (Austin)
background: Uchiko, Uchi (/sites/default/files/ustin)
Photo © Justin Lee
Location: Boulder, CO; Denver
Why He's Amazing: Because after starting his career at Le Cirque at age 21, he's raising the bar on the Colorado food scene with his two seasonally focused restaurants—one centered around a unique oak-fired oven and grill (Oak), the other a super-hip shared-plates spot (Acorn).
Culinary School: Schenectady County Community College (Schenectady, NY)
background: Little Nell (/sites/default/files/spen, CO); Cyrus (Healdsburg, CA); Frasca Food & Wine (Boulder); Jean-Georges, Le Cirque (New York City)
Photo © Knox Photographics
Why He's Amazing: Because at his restaurant—inspired by a south Texas hunting lodge—he's preparing terrific rustic dishes, like ox tongue sliders with pickled green tomato.
Culinary School: Le Cordon Bleu (Austin)
background: Brix (/sites/default/files/ountville, CA); La Toque, Angèle (Napa); Olivia (Austin)
Photo © Paul Sedillo Photography
Why He's Amazing: Because he's leaving Texans speechless with his delicious, artistic renderings of vegetables.
Culinary School: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY), University of Houston
background: *17 (/sites/default/files/ouston); Green Zebra, Spring, C-House (Chicago); Ubuntu (Napa)
Photo © Joy Zhang
Why He's Amazing: Because a passion for food that began with childhood travels with his family to Kenya, Asia and France is in the global flavors of his small and large shared-plates menu—and Dallas is loving it.
Culinary School: Texas Culinary Academy (Austin)
background: Oak, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (/sites/default/files/allas); Matchbox Lounge, Fenouil (Portland, OR)