Time Inc.’s FOOD & WINE announces the Best New Chefs in America 2016, the highly-anticipated annual list of the most innovative up-and-coming cooks in the country right now. This year’s 11 winners, hailing from restaurants in nine cities, join the ranks of past Best New Chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, April Bloomfield, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Symon, Stephanie Izard, Andrew Carmellini, and David Chang.
FOOD & WINE’s Best New Chefs of 2016 include David Barzelay of Lazy Bear, San Francisco; Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Austin, Texas; Michael Gulotta of MoPho and Tana, New Orleans; Edouardo Jordan of Salare, Seattle; Ravi Kapur of Liholiho Yacht Club, San Francisco; Brad Kilgore of Alter, Miami; Iliana Regan of Elizabeth and Bunny, the micro bakery, Chicago; Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, D.C.; Jeremiah Stone & Fabián von Hauske of Contra and Wildair, New York City; and Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market and Night + Market Song, Los Angeles.
FOOD & WINE editor Nilou Motamed said, “At FOOD & WINE we’re obsessed with finding new talent, and the Best New Chefs platform showcases that perfectly. We’re honored to give these incredible cooks the recognition they deserve, an award that has catapulted so many careers and will change these chefs' lives forever.”
The 2016 winners will be featured in the July issue of FOOD & WINE and will also be showcased at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen from June 17–19.
FOOD & WINE's editors choose the Best New Chefs after a months-long selection process. The editors solicit nominations from restaurant critics, food writers, and other trusted experts around the country, searching for talented, creative chefs who have been in charge of a kitchen for five years or fewer. The editors then travel incognito to taste the food.