For more than 25 years, Food & Wine has been finding new, incredible talents and showcasing them as F&W Best New Chefs. Alums include Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Barbara Lynch and April Bloomfield. Here, the 2014 F&W Best New Chefs tell how they felt when they first heard the news that they'd be joining the ranks of legendary chefs.
“I thought it was a joke, actually. Because when Dana said the reveal was on April 1, I was like, some one’s got to be joking. It’s something I had been dreaming about for a very long time. I felt a mixture of impending doom and elation.” –Justin Yu; Oxheart, Houston
“I was excited.” –Walker Stern; Dover, Brooklyn