Being on Food & Wine magazine’s annual list of Best New Chefs is an honor coveted by chefs. But perhaps even more feverishly desired is an invite to the annual over-the-top party where the announcement is made. This year’s festivities at NYC’s Bohemian National Hall did not disappoint, somehow managing to seamlessly combine a hip-hop opera flash mob and a slew of fabulous food served by former winners and famed chefs.

Tom Colicchio offered up an insanely good spice-roasted duck with black bread pudding and pickled ramps. Rocco DiSpirito served fried chicken, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga wowed guests with a luxe foie gras soup, and Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony brought some folks to their knees with his parsley-mussels dip.

Drumroll please, the 2011 class best new chefs are:

Bowman Brown & Viet Pham ForageSalt Lake City, UT 

Jason Franey, CanlisSeattle, WA 

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine and Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin, TX 

Stephanie Izard, Girl & The GoatChicago, IL

James Lewis, BettolaBirmingham, AL 

George Mendes, AldeaManhattan 

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 


Did the judges get it right? Who are your favorite new chefs? Tell us in comments.