Today Food & Wine magazine revealed its list of the Best New Chefs for 2016, and this year there's a local name: Edouardo Jordan, whose Ravenna restaurant Salare opened last June. Jordan is already racking up the accolades, though; he won Eater Seattle's Chef of the Year for 2015's Eater Awards and was a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest.
According to a press release, Food & Wine's editors "choose the Best New Chefs after a months-long selection process." They gather recommendations and nominations "from restaurant critics, food writers, and other trusted experts." Only "chefs who have been in charge of a kitchen for five years or fewer" are considered. Then the editors visit each restaurant "incognito" to taste the food. Jordan joins an elite list of previous winners that includes chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, April Bloomfield, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Stephanie Izard, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, and Nobu Matsuhisa. Locally, Jason Stratton has made the list in the past, along with a number of other Seattle chefs.
The latest class of Best New Chefs 2016 will be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine magazine, and will also be showcased at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen from June 17 until June 19. See the full list below.
FOOD & WINE BEST NEW CHEFS 2016
David Barzelay, Lazy Bear, San Francisco
Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye, Austin
Michael Gulotta, MoPho and Tana, New Orleans
Edouardo Jordan, Salare, Seattle
Ravi Kapur, Liholiho Yacht Club, San Francisco
Brad Kilgore, Alter, Miami
Iliana Regan, Elizabeth and Bunny, the micro bakery, Chicago
Aaron Silverman, Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, D.C.
Jeremiah Stone & Fabián von Hauske, Contra and Wildair, New York City
Kris Yenbamroong, Night + Market and Night + Market Song, Los Angeles