Best New Chef 2010: Roy Choi, Kogi, Los Angeles.
Career wake up call: "When I was 25, before I started cooking, I hit rock bottom. Then one day, I was lying on the couch watching Essence of Emeril, and I had an out-of-body experience. I felt like Emeril stepped out of the TV and shook me by the shoulders and said, 'Get off that couch. Taste this, smell this, do something.'"
Plus: Emeril Lagasse's Apple Pie Granita (left)SEE MORE