Each year, F&W editors spend months finding cooks who are fantastically skilled, creative and driven. Here, our Best New Chefs of 2010, plus simple, spectacular recipes from each.

By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2015

"Dumplings don't just fall out of the sky," says Roy Choi, one of this year's 10 Best New Chefs. His point: Making his favorite childhood dish is hard work. Similarly, Best New Chefs don't just miraculously appear: F&W editors spend months finding them. To locate cooks who are fantastically skilled, creative and driven—and who have run a kitchen for no longer than five years—we gather recommendations from food professionals nationwide, then eat anonymously at countless restaurants. And this year, we located exceptional chefs all over, from a remote corner of Virginia to the streets of Los Angeles, where Choi presides over a revolutionary Korean taco truck.

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1. Jason Stratton

Spinasse • Seattle

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2. Alex Seidel

Fruition • Denver

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3. John Shields

Town House • Chilhowie, Virginia

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4. Clayton Miller

Trummer' on Main • Clifton, Virginia

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5. Jonathon Sawyer

The Greenhouse Tavern • Cleveland

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6. Mike Sheerin

Blackbird • Chicago

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7. Roy Choi

Kogi Korean BBQ • Los Angeles

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8. James Syhabout

Commis • Oakland, California

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9. Missy Robbins

A Voce • New York City

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10. Matt Lightner

Castagna • Portland, Oregon

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