Twenty Years of America's Best and Brightest Chefs

Today Food and Wine Magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary of calling out America’s most promising culinary talent.

What does it mean to make this exclusive list and how much bearing does it have on the culinary world?  Twenty years ago culinary icons Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud were among the names to grace the list.  Other notables such as, Daniel Bouley, Terrence Brennan, Nobu Matsuhisa and Dave Chang have followed over the years.

2008’s roll call includes two women chefs and a chef of a vegetarian restaurant. 

Oh, and the lists have their share of celebrity chefs as well.  Rocco Dispirito was named one of FNW’s best new chefs in 1999.  Refer yesterday’s post What You Really Don’t Know About Celebrity Chefs to see some insight to the inner workings of a celebrity chef.

Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in America of 2008:

Jim Burke, James, Philadelphia, PA

Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis, MO

Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston, MA

Jeremy Fox, Ubuntu, Napa, CA

Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago, IL

Michael Psilakis, Anthos, New York, NY

Ethan Stowell, Union, Seattle, WA

Giuseppe Tentori, Boka, Chicago, IL

Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT

Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans, LA


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