You hear it all the time: A chef’s gotta pay his or her dues, toil for years or even decades in kitchens learning technique and craft. Not necessarily. In New Chefs Rising, Food Republic finds young cooks who are making moves, running their own kitchens in successful restaurants, in many cases before their 30th birthday. In Episode 2, Elise Kornack, the 28-year-old chef who with her wife, Anna Hieronimus, runs every aspect of their 12-seat Brooklyn restaurant, Take Root, explains how youthful naïveté helped her take the leap into business ownership. And how her artful take on a family favorite, clam chowder, inspires the cooking behind her 10-course tasting menu, which has earned Take Root a devoted following, a rave in The New York Times and a Michelin star. 

Take Root, 187 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY 11231; take-root.com

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