Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs 2018 celebrate youth and diversity


Just announced, Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs 2018 exemplify the nation’s diverse culinary scene. Could one of these chefs become a household name?

Every year, Food and Wine releases its Best New Chefs list. For over 30 years, the magazine has discovered talented chefs at the beginning of their culinary careers. The list of culinary stars is great.

Previous honorees include Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Stephanie Izard and David Chang. Today, these chefs and many of their fellow honorees are household names.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 04: Best New Chefs (Back Row L-R) Sara Kramer, Jordan Kahn, Sarah Hymanson, Noah Sandoval, Food & Wine’s Nilou Motamed, Val Cantu, Jay Blackinton, Rico Torres, Angie Mar, (Front row L-R) Peter Cho, Diego Galicia, Yoshi Okai, and Nina Compton attend the Food & Wine Celebration of the 2017 Best New Chefs on April 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food & Wine)

These former honorees have had a huge impact on the American food scene. From impeccable food in the kitchen to incorporating food trends to leading an industry, these chefs have made a difference. This award was just a starting point for these chefs.

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Earlier today, the magazine announced the newest class of chefs to this impressive list. According to Food and Wine, the Best New Chefs of 2018 are

"Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería, ChicagoJulia Sullivan, Henrietta Red, NashvilleLiz Johnson, Freedman’s, Los AngelesJonathan Yao, Kato, Los AngelesMichael Gallina, Vicia, St. LouisClare de Boer & Jess Shadbolt, King, NYCKatianna Hong, The Charter Oak, St. Helena, CaliforniaKevin Tien, Himitsu, Washington, D.C.Kate Williams, Lady of the House, DetroitBrady Williams, Canlis, Seattle"

A couple items are noteworthy on this list. First, the amount of women chefs is tremendous. Just like this year’s James Beard Awards, these honorees are predominantly women. After all the upheaval within the industry, it is refreshing to see so many women chefs being honored. Hopefully, this recognition is a nod to a change in the perceptions and atmosphere in the culinary world.

Second, one of the names on this list might be familiar to viewers of the recent season of Iron Chef Gauntlet. Kevin Tien competed on Iron Chef Gauntlet Season 2. Although he didn’t get far into the competition, Tien is creating a following. Could this additional award put him on the path of celebrity chef stardom?

Next: 2018 James Beard Awards

How will this new group of chef impact American cuisine and the American restaurant industry? Only time will tell. Why wait and see. It is time to start making some dinner reservations to taste these impressive chefs’ culinary talents.