F&W is thrilled to introduce the Best New Chefs of 2011—incredibly talented people who are moving food forward in this country. Here, the winning chefs, plus easy, creative dishes from each.

By Food & Wine
Updated July 31, 2017
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One is a Peruvian native whose first cooking job was at Benihana; another is a Top Chef star; two more are a team from Salt Lake City who combine a love of foraging and a passion for seafood. The Best New Chef 2011 winners have very different backgrounds and cooking styles that reflect the amazing diversity in the restaurant world right now. Yet they have a few things in common: They've all run a kitchen for no more than five years, and they all blew us away when we traveled around the country to taste their outstanding food.

View a Slideshow of the 2011 Class of Best New Chefs

Viet Pham

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Bowman Brown

Viet Pham & Bowman Brown

Forage • Salt Lake City

Kevin Willmann

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Kevin Willmann

Farmhaus • St. Louis

Joshua Skenes

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Joshua Skenes

Saison • San Francisco

Ricardo Zarate

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Ricardo Zarate

Mo-Chica • Los Angeles

Jason Franey

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Jason Franey

Canlis • Seattle

Bryce Gillmore

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Bryce Gilmore

Barley Swine • Austin

Carlo Mirarchi

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Carlo Mirarchi

Roberta's • New York City

George Mendes

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George Mendes

Aldea • New York City

Stephanie Izard

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Stephanie Izard

Girl & the Goat • Chicago

James Lewis

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James Lewis

Bettola • Birmingham, AL

More Best New Chef Recipes

Zucchini Carpaccio with Salt-Broiled Shrimp
Smoky Tomato Soup with Maple-Candied Bacon
Credit: © Anna Williams
Fresh Ricotta and Radish Crostini


The Food & Wine Best New Chefs for 2011 share their stories, reactions and recipes.