Best New Chef All-Stars 2013
With Los Angeles's Kogi BBQ fleet, Roy Choi showed that it was possible for a chef to prepare remarkable food in a truck. His signature dish, the kimchi taco, also created a new genre of urban cooking that references the many ethnic cuisines of his city—honoring both his Asian heritage and the Mexican grandmas who set up sidewalk grills late at night to feed L.A.'s club kids. With his brick-and-mortar restaurants, Choi continues to come up with intriguing new ideas: chef-y rice bowls (Chego), Asian-fusion picnics (A-Frame), West Indian meets Korean (Sunny Spot). His latest project: working with the owners of New York City's NoMad Hotel for a new property in L.A.'s Koreatown, The Line Hotel.