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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Carlos Salgado grew up with Mexican food, though not the kind he serves now: His father and mother have a place in Orange County that sells inexpensive tacos and sauce-drenched enchiladas. Now, at Taco María, he creates exceptional Mexican dishes while still honoring his family’s cooking.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

As a child, Bryce Shuman and his mother lived with the Inuits above the Arctic Circle in Canada and in the rain forest of Costa Rica. Today, Shuman employs flavors, techniques and ingredients from all over the world, with a special interest in ancient grains.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Zoi Antonitsas dropped out of art school before she discovered another career: cooking. Today, she prepares delicious Greek-influenced dishes, but she is still an artist at heart. If you ask her for a recipe, she won’t send a photo; instead, she’ll draw such a pretty picture of the dish that you’ll want to frame it.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas are an unlikely duo. But when the two chefs began working together at Los Angeles fish restaurant Son of a Gun, they found a common bond in an unlikely place: vintage cookbooks.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Tim Maslow’s restaurant Strip T's was once his father's dying diner. Today, it is a popular restaurant serving a mash-up of Italian, American and Asian cuisine.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Jonathan Brooks, whose restaurant, Milktooth, is only open until 3 p.m., is the first chef ever to win F&W's Best New Chef award without serving dinner. Here, Brooks shares some of his creative brunch recipes.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Best New Chef Ori Menashe moved from L.A to Israel and back again. Here, his life in six scenes.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Katie Button started her culinary career as the first American server at El Bulli, and later scored the nearly impossible-to-get position in the restaurant's pastry kitchen. With her restaurant Cúrate, she’s now proud to bring the Adrià spirit to the North Carolina hills.

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Meet the 2015 BNC Class

Jim Christiansen is that rare cook who has both McDonald’s and Noma on his résumé. As a teenager, he worked the fry station at the fast-food chain; later, he made elegant French food at La Belle Vie in Minneapolis, and interned at Noma in Copenhagen.

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Rising Star Chefs

After tallying thousands of your votes, we're proud to introduce the winner of our 2015 online competition. Meet the People's Best New Chef 2015 and the incredible regional winners around the country.

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