NEW YORK—This morning, Food & Wine magazine announced their picks for Best New Chefs of 2007. For the second straight year, Los Angeles is not represented, despite a strong showing from the West Coast in general. April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig gets the nod from the five boroughs. Without further ado:
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April Bloomfield The Spotted Pig, New York, NY
Gabriel Bremer Salts, Cambridge, MA
Steve Corry Five Fifty-Five, Portland, ME
Matthew Dillon Sitka & Spruce, Seattle, WA
Gavin Kaysen El Bizcocho, San Diego, CA
Johnny Monis Komi, Washington, DC
Sean O'Brien Myth, San Francisco, CA
Gabriel Rucker Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
Ian Schnoebelen Iris, New Orleans, LA
Paul Virant Vie, Western Springs, IL
FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE NAMES
19TH ANNUAL BEST NEW CHEFS
— Rising Talent Found in New York, San Francisco, Seattle & New Orleans —
New York, NY (April 4, 2007) – Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin today revealed the names of the ten up-and-coming talents who have earned the coveted title of Food & Wine Best New Chefs. The winners will be in Manhattan this evening to celebrate at a party at 7 World Trade Center. In addition, they will be featured in Food & Wine's annual July chef issue, available on newsstands June 19.
"This year's winners reflect the trend of talented chefs turning out utterly thrilling food at modest, low-key restaurants," says Cowin. "Their obsession with ingredients transforms everything they make—even when it's a humble hamburger."
2007 F&W Best New Chefs
· April Bloomfield The Spotted Pig, New York, NY
· Gabriel Bremer Salts, Cambridge, MA
· Steve Corry Five Fifty-Five, Portland, ME
· Matthew Dillon Sitka & Spruce, Seattle, WA
· Gavin Kaysen El Bizcocho, San Diego, CA
· Johnny Monis Komi, Washington, DC
· Sean O'Brien Myth, San Francisco, CA
· Gabriel Rucker Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
· Ian Schnoebelen Iris, New Orleans, LA
· Paul Virant Vie, Western Springs, IL
As America's premier talent-seeking epicurean magazine, Food & Wine has been spotting rising stars since 1988, awarding the Best New Chef title to such luminaries-in-the making as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Todd English and Nobu Matsuhisa. Every year Food & Wine works with a nominating committee of experts around the country to help identify the most promising talents. Then the editors hit the road to eat incognito at the restaurants.
Past F&W Best New Chefs Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, David Chang of Momofoku and Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, and Christopher Lee of Gilt will prepare signature dishes at the April 4th event. Also cooking will be Harold Dieterle and Ilan Hall, winners of Bravo's Top Chef Seasons 1 & 2. Sponsors of the evening include Beringer, Chrysler, and Riedel. Cacao Reserve by Hershey's, FIJI Water and Starbucks Coffee Company will also support this special celebration.
In addition to a feature in the July issue, the ten F&W Best New Chefs will travel to Colorado to prepare an exclusive tasting dinner at the 25th annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, June 15-17, 2007.