Today in New York City, Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, announced the winners of the 23rd annual Best New Chefs award. The winners include Viet Pham and Bowman Brown, chefs/owners of Forage restaurant in Salt Lake City. This might just eclipse my own salute to Forage - I bestowed the first ever City Weekly "Restaurant of the Year" award on Forage in the 2010 Dining Guide.
The prestigious Best New Chefs award recognises up-and-coming chefs with a "distinctive style and exceptional vision," who will featured in the July 2011 issue of Food & Wine, as well as be invited to attend the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this June.
“It’s thrilling to find so many outrageously talented chefs in every corner of the country,” Cowin says. “We’re celebrating a pair of chefs who are creating ingenious modernist food in Salt Lake City, a chef in Birmingham who is so committed to his farmers that he invites them to cook in his restaurant, and an enterprising chef in Brooklyn whose restaurant also houses a radio station. And, for the first time ever, we’re honoring a winner of TV’s Top Chef.”
Here is the complete list of 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs:
Bowman Brown & Viet Pham Forage, Salt Lake City, UT
Jason Franey Canlis, Seattle, WA
Bryce Gilmore Barley Swine and Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin, TX
Stephanie Izard Girl & The Goat, Chicago, IL
James Lewis Bettola, Birmingham, AL
George Mendes Aldea, Manhattan
Carlo Mirarchi Roberta’s, Brooklyn, NY
Joshua Skenes Saison, San Francisco, CA
Kevin Willmann Farmhaus, St. Louis, MO
Ricardo Zarate Mo-Chica, Los Angeles, CA
Congratulations to ALL the winners, but especially to our own Bowman and Viet.