Best New Chef All-Stars 2013
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.