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Food & Wine Announces the 2012 Best New Chefs!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 09:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

From rising food rockstars to acclaimed celebrity chefs, the country’s culinary elite gathered together last night to celebrate the Food & Wine 2012 Best New Chefs. Held at the Liberty Theater in the heart of Times Square, the 24th annual soiree ushered in the latest roster of talented visionaries, as announced by Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin and Publisher Christina Grdovic.

During the Broadway-themed affair, Best New Chef alumni Daniel Boulud (1988), Michael Anthony (2002), Shea Gallante (2005), Gavin Kaysen (2007), Matthew Lightner (2010), George Mendes (2011), and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais prepared tempting signature dishes, as partygoers mingled with the industry’s finest and eagerly anticipated the winners ceremony.

  1. The Liberty Theater set the stage for the 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Party
  2. A few of the industry\'s finest (from left to right): Michael Anthony, George Mendes, Christina Grdovic, Gail Simmons & Gavin Kaysen
  3. The newly named roster of 2012 Best New Chefs celebrated their honor on stage
  4. Past Best New Chefs Gavin Kaysen and Daniel Boulud cooked inspired dishes for the crowd
  5. Ciano chef Shea Gallante\'s creamy burrata wrapped with angel hair and garlicky spring pesto
  6. Food enthusiasts packed into The Liberty Theater\'s main floor and mezzanine for the festivities
  7. Dj Questlove\'s original fried buttermilk drumsticks wrapped in paper-heart origami
  8. Richard Blais offered up bone marrow with braised ox cheek and pickled walnut—a crowd favorite!
  9. Sponsor Godiva served tri-layer panna cotta by F&W\'s Best New Pastry Chef winner Stella Parks

Every year, the editors at Food & Wine scour the nation to find the most talented chefs with a unique culinary vision. “It is such a delight to honor these incredible chefs, who have made a tremendous impact on the culinary world in a short period of time,” Cowin says.

Now, introducing the 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chefs:

Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger, The Catbird Seat, Nashville, TN
Mario Carbone & Rich Torrisi, Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, NY
Danny GrantRIA, Chicago, IL
Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, CA
Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR
Cormac Mahoney, Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA
Bryant Ng, The Spice Table, Los Angeles, CA
Karen Nicolas, Equinox, Washington, DC
Blaine WetzelThe Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WA

After the big reveal, guests noshed on Creole-seasoned buttermilk fried chicken drumsticks from DJ Questlove—who rocked the turntables and helped take the event to all-out dance party status. In between savory bites and cutting loose on the dance floor with Dana Cowin and The Harlem James Gang, the crowd sipped Belvedere cocktails and Gallo wines, and got sweet on luscious Godiva chocolate truffles.

Thanks to the entire Food & Wine staff for a truly memorable evening. Wishing many congrats to all the 2012 Best New Chefs!

Images courtesy of and BizBash, YumSugar & AnthonyGiglio.com
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