We're only halfway through the year, but I already know that one of my favorite memories of 2017 will be the night I told Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson they’d been named two of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. We were standing outside Kismet, their fantastic new restaurant in Los Angeles, while rush-hour traffic crawled by on Hollywood Boulevard. I’ll never forget the looks on their faces: astonished disbelief slowly turning into pure joy. As Sara and Sarah and I hugged on that Los Feliz sidewalk, I remember thinking: Man, I love this job.
This is the 29th edition of F&W’s Best New Chefs, and
it’s no exaggeration to call our 2017 class the most exciting and diverse in memory. These are the people shaping the way we eat in America—from Chicago to New Orleans, San Antonio to the San Juan Islands. Every one of our winners is working tirelessly not just to raise their own game but to rewrite the very rules of restaurant cooking. We’re proud and delighted
to welcome them into the F&W family.
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Speaking of family and pride, I want to thank our ace restaurant editor, Jordana Rothman, for brilliantly leading the charge in the six-month, nationwide Best New Chefs quest. Jordana and our indefatigable editorial team—big emphasis on “team”—may have single-handedly kept the airline and hotel industries in the black this year. I raise a glass to them, with gratitude for their discerning taste, their boundless talent, and the many meals and late nights we’ve shared putting this list together.