Marked by a celebratory event in New York City, Food & Wine‘s much-anticipated 2010 Best New Chefs list was revealed yesterday. Chosen from top eateries around the country, winning chefs arrived in the Big Apple over the past weekend, congregating for a meet-and-greet dinner before yesterday’s magazine photo shoot and official announcement party. (Editor’s note: MetroMix has fantastic pictures of the evening’s event!)
The full rollcall of Best New Chef winners:
- Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
- Matt Lightner, Castagna, Portland, OR
- Clayton Miller, Trummer’s on Main, Clifton, VA
- Missy Robbins, A Voce, New York City, NY
- Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, OH
- Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver, CO
- Mike Sheerin, Blackbird, Chicago, IL
- John Shields, Town House, Chilhowie, VA
- Jason Stratton, Spinasse, Seattle, WA
- Jason Syhabout, Commis, Oakland, CA
“This year we have one of the most exciting rosters of Best New Chefs ever,” [Food & Wine Editor Dana Cowin] said. “They represent every frontier of cooking in America today, from an avant-garde chef in a remote area of Virginia to the mastermind behind the Korean taco-truck boom in Los Angeles. The future of cooking in this country is in excellent hands.”
A huge congrats to local chef Matt Lightner of Castagna for making the cut! Lightner, who’s been at his post for a mere six months, was also noted as a 2010 James Beard Award semifinalist. The Oregonian checked in with Chef Lightner for his thoughts on the Best New Chefs honor.
Not only will the ten chosen chefs be featured in an upcoming issue of Food & Wine, they’ll also showcase their talents at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic’s Best New Chefs dinner in Aspen, Colorado, in late June. Stay tuned for all the Food & Wine Classic coverage, including the Best New Chefs dinner, here on Daily Blender.
Also – special shouts out today to Chef John of FoodWishes.com for running away with the Most Innovative Video Content award given as part of Saveur‘s Best Food Blog Awards!
*Matt Lightner image courtesy of Food & Wine magazine.