In honor of this week's 2016 Best New Chefs reveal, F&W editor Nilou Motamed visited Heritage Radio's "The Front Burner" with Jimmy Bradley and Andrew Friedman to discuss the platform's lasting impact since launching in 1988, three years before the James Beard Awards. Joining in the conversation: new recruits Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske of Contra and Wildair in NYC as well as BNC alums Tom Valenti (1990) and Katie Button (2015).
You can listen to the full audio above to hear more about the impact of joining a club that includes now-legends like Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton and Nobu Matsuhisa—as well as how the latest nominees reflect the current state of the culinary world. Here are just some of the highlights:
- Best New Chefs 2016
- Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske of NYC’s Contra and Wildair are 2016 F&W Best New Chefs
- Meet F&W's New Editor: Nilou Motamed
"The magazine's issue on the Best New Chefs is one that I would flip through every year pining for, thinking 'Oh gosh, how amazing would that be?!'” remembered Button, the chef of Cúrate and The Nightbell in Asheville, North Carolina. And then it happened. "My Twitter exploded with messages from tons of former Best New Chefs, people that I greatly admire like David Chang...It felt like you were joining a family but also getting recognized by your peers. Being a part of that club is pretty special."