Best New Chef All-Stars 2013
F&W has been naming Best New Chefs for 25 years, helping turn up-and-comers into superstars. Here, we highlight a mega-talent from each year, with recipes that prove deliciousness is timeless. Produced by Kate Heddings. Profiles by Pamela Kaufman with Kate Krader.
When David Chang opened Momofuku Noodle Bar in Manhattan in 2004, it seemed bizarre that a chef who'd worked for a luminary like Daniel Boulud would want to run a ramen joint. Yet with his driving desire to serve the best ramen he could, he invented a new kind of hip-yet-elevated restaurant. Since then, Chang has expanded his NYC empire, earning two Michelin stars at Momofuku Ko; recently, he opened Momofuku outposts in Toronto and Sydney. Meanwhile, at his culinary lab in Manhattan, he continues to explore new ways to create umami, part of the ongoing Momofuku experiment.