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F&W's 2011 Best New Chefs with F&W's Dana Cowin and Chris Grdovic
We now have our official Best New Chefs, Class of 2011
! Glasses up for Bowman Brown & Viet Pham
(Forage, Salt Lake City); Jason Franey
(Canlis, Seattle); Bryce Gilmore
(Barley Swine, Austin); Stephanie Izard
(Girl & the Goat, Chicago); James Lewis
(Bettola, Birmingham, AL); George Mendes
(Aldea, New York City); Carlo Mirarchi
(Roberta’s, New York City): Joshua Skenes
(Saison, San Francisco); Kevin Willmann
(Farmhaus, St. Louis); and Ricardo Zarate
(Mo-Chica, Los Angeles).
We had a little party at Bohemian National Hall to celebrate those chefs last night, with superstars like former Best New Chefs Wylie Dufresne
, Andrew Carmellini
and Laurent Gras
and non–BNC stars like Aziz Ansari
, Kyle MacLachlan
and Andrew Zimmern
in attendance. More former Best New Chefs, like Jonathan Benno
and Rocco DiSpirito
, cooked for the party while opera singers rapped for entertainment and later Geoffrey Zakarian
's new place the National
poured Moscow Mules for the after-party.
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F&W Best New Chefs practice for the Irish Car Bomb drinking contest.
We’ve learned a lot about our Best New Chefs in the last few days. Here are some little-known facts about several of them. We won’t name names, but you’ll find answers to most (but definitely not all) of these who-did-what stories in our July Best New Chef issue.
*Which BNC almost drowned off an Australian beach, and had only one thought in his/her head: "I can’t believe the last thing I’ll have eaten is a mediocre falafel sandwich."
*Which BNC could start a side business designing fishing rods?
*Which BNC had an eye-opening culinary moment in “France” at Florida’s Epcot Center?
*Which BNC got his/her start at Benihana?
*Which BNC also worked as a home loan officer for Washington Mutual?
*Which BNC thought it would be a good idea to take the BNC after after-party to New York Dolls (a Manhattan strip club)?
*Which BNC blew away the competition in an Irish Car Bomb
(beer with a shot in it) drinking contest at the after-after-party at Fitzpatricks? (For the record, I came in 9th out of 9. And found out later that the winner had a history of winning Club Med chugging contests.)