One is a Peruvian native whose first cooking job was at Benihana; another is a Top Chef star. The Best New Chef 2011 winners have very different backgrounds and cooking styles that reflect the amazing diversity in the restaurant world right now. Yet they have a few things in common: They've all run a kitchen for no more than five years, and they all blew us away when we traveled around the country to taste their outstanding food. Here, the class of 2011 and their simplest recipes.

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