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Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021
The 33rd class of Best New Chefs will guide the industry toward a stronger, brighter, more equitable future for workers and diners alike.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Ji Hye Kim
Inspired by Michigan ingredients and memories of her mother’s cooking, this Best New Chef offers lessons in the history of Korean cuisine interspersed among layers of flavor and texture.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Carlo Lamagna
Family is central to this Filipino chef’s food and philosophy. His cooking is an homage to the vibrant flavors of his childhood, a tribute to his late father, and a promise to a community whose ambitions he wants to support.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Angel Barreto
 A lifelong student of Korean food, this Best New Chef wants to educate and inform diners about the cuisine, with a boundary-pushing menu that looks both to the past and to the future for inspiration.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Thessa Diadem
This Best New Chef draws inspiration from the international grocery stores of Los Angeles and channels them into her innovative, decadent pastries—from a custardy ube pie to fluffy, tender conchas.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Gaby Maeda
Kindness in the kitchen is as important as creativity to this chef, who draws on the flavors of her honolulu childhood to create a menu that’s part Hawaiian, part Californian, and entirely her own.

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Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Blake Aguillard and Trey Smith
In a former pizza joint in the Bywater neighborhood, the chefs and co-owners of Saint-Germain are serving the most creative, ambitious, and accessible tasting menu in the nation.
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2021: Lucas Sin
Through a delicious deep dive into research and development and a visionary new business model, this Best New Chef wants to change the way you think about American Chinese food.

'Top Chef' Fan Favorite Jamie Tran Almost Didn't Become a Chef 

The star Las Vegas chef reflects on cooking school, her time on the show, and the cheese dish that got her cut.