Recipes from F&W's 2016 Best New Chefs
Bangkok Mall Pasta
Kris Yenbamroong, the chef at L.A.'s Night + Market and Night + Market Song, calls this "mall pasta" because it reminds him of the spaghetti available in the '90s-era Italian restaurants in Bangkok's shopping plazas—places where you could find spaghetti stir-fried with ketchup on the menu. He says that the holy trinity in this dish is the salty-pungent combination of fried garlic, anchovies and chile that permeates the noodles. He cautions: "Using dry pasta is crucial because a fresh noodle won't hold up to the rigors of the hot wok."
You'll need a standing mixer, some cheesecloth, a sieve and a jar (plus a few days) to make this outstanding homemade butter, but the process is actually quite simple and incredibly rewarding. Chef Iliana Regan of Chicago's Elizabeth restaurant serves the butter with fresh bread and berry preserves for the ultimate snack.
Tuna Poke on Nori Crackers
At Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco, chef Ravi Kapur serves his superdelicious take on the Hawaiian classic tuna poke on crispy, deep-fried nori crackers. A dollop of seasoned aioli is the perfect finish. Kapur makes his aioli, but he says any good-quality mayonnaise is a fine substitute.
Goat Ricotta with Peaches
Making homemade ricotta cheese is far easier than it seems. In this version from chef Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury in Washington, DC, goat milk adds a mild, pleasant tang to the cheese, which gets mixed with a bit of olive oil for extra lushness.
Tajarin with Grilled Kale Pesto
A combination of kamut and 00 flour makes this pasta extremely tasty and gives it a great texture. The number of egg yolks called for below may sound extreme, but they're what really make tajarin unique. Chef Kevin Fink's smart, simple grilled-kale pesto would also be stellar on any store-bought pasta.
Grilled Sweet Corn with Coconut Glaze
Chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market and Night + Market Song in L.A. says this is one of his favorite summer treats because it's "high pleasure, low hassle." The coconut milk and sugar in the sauce that glazes the corn intensify the sweet corn flavor.
Summer Squash with Lemon Curd and Citron Vinaigrette
Miami chef Brad Kilgore of Alter restaurant makes this incredibly beautiful and inspired dish in summer, when zucchini and summer squash are in abundance. The brilliance lies in the multiple layers of flavor and texture.
Grits with Yogurt and Vegan Chorizo Oil
Brad Kilgore of Miami's Alter restaurant likes this recipe for home cooks because he feels it's a "show-off" dish but not really much work. He makes decadent, creamy grits with a mix of milk, cream, tangy fresh goat cheese and Greek yogurt, which he drizzles with a smoky, fragrant vegan oil that tastes just like chorizo.
Summer Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
When summer beans are in abundance, New Orleans chef Michael Gulotta sautes them first, then tosses them in a sweet-savory vinaigrette. To make the vinaigrette (which he likes to use on just about everything), he roasts garlic before blending it with a mix of bright and spicy ingredients.
Halibut with Einkorn, Morels and Tempura Ramps
This elegant dish from Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan features high-in-protein einkorn, the oldest and smallest variety of wheat berry and the only one that's never been hybridized. Its sweetness is perfect with the earthy morels. The fried ramps are more than just a flourish—they're spectacularly tasty.
Snap Peas with Green Garlic Confit and Dill Vinaigrette
This dish from chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske of NYC's Contra and Wildair may be the ultimate summer salad: sweet, crunchy raw snap peas and thinly sliced mushrooms in a vibrant, tangy, herby vinaigrette.
Oysters with Green Apple and Wasabi Granita
Chef Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury in Washington, DC, tops freshly shucked oysters with a sweet, spicy granita that's made with just apple juice, fresh wasabi and a dot of green food coloring. He loves using supersmall, superclean Kushi oysters from British Columbia, but if they're unavailable, other small oysters from the Pacific Northwest will be equally delicious.
Panna Cotta with Berry Granita and Caramel
This voluptuous panna cotta is delightful enough to eat on its own. But New York City chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske take the custard to new heights by topping it with superfresh strawberry granita, silky golden caramel and crunchy bits of milk cookies.
Silky Potato Fondue
San Francisco chef David Barzelay of Lazy Bear incorporates potatoes, white wine and lemon juice in this recipe, resulting in a supersilky fondue that holds up at the table for far longer than most fondues.
Pepper Jelly–Braised Clams with Mint
Michael Gulotta, the chef at MoPho in New Orleans, uses a traditional Southern ingredient—pepper jelly—in a decidedly Asian preparation for braised clams. The result is a deeply fragrant dish that's a fantastic blend of briny, sweet and spicy. He likes draping the hot clams with lardo (seasoned fatback), but bits of crispy bacon are delicious as well. This is best served with crusty bread to soak up the delicious coconut broth.
Chef Iliana Regan of Chicago's Elizabeth restaurant is a whiz with bread. She has mastered brioche—a bread that is definitely a time commitment to but so worth the wait. With a golden crust and buttery, tender crumb, this is one of the most delicious breads you can make.