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.
Thomas Keller may be America’s most inspiring chef, a hero to professional cooks as well as to kids headed for culinary school with The French Laundry Cookbook in their bags. At The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in NYC, he creates hyper-elegant yet playful dishes, as in his Oysters & Pearls: a sabayon of pearl tapioca with caviar and oysters. At Ad Hoc in Napa Valley and his five Bouchon Bakeries, he approaches rustic food like fried chicken and quiche with the same passion for every possible (and inconceivable) detail.