For his take on chicken souvlaki (Greek skewers of grilled meat), Jimmy Bannos Jr. sears marinated chicken thighs on a cast-iron griddle, which gives them “the crispiest, best skin ever,” he says. To serve alongside the skewers, he fries smashed baby potatoes until they’re tender and golden. Slideshow:Incredible KebabsRecipe from Food & Wine America's Greatest New Cooks
Aleppo pepper is a moderately hot crushed dried chile from Turkey and Syria; it is available at gourmet markets and penzeys.com. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading.