- Juan Mari Arzak born (1942)
The Daily Meal’s 2014 American Chef of the Year, Sean Brock, very well might be the ruling king of Southern cuisine, which makes his Charleston restaurant Husk his throne. Named 2011’s Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appétit, Husk, located right in the heart of the Charleston’s beautiful historic downtown (where Brock also runs McCrady’s — see No. 81), celebrates heirloom indigenous Southern products like no other restaurant can: if it’s not Southern, they won’t cook with it, even olive oil. But that strict rule doesn’t hinder the restaurant at all; in fact, it’s the best thing about it. Just try the slow-smoked sweet-and-sour Tennessee pork ribs; Cheddar pimento with house-made benne (sesame) crackers and crispy country ham; Southern-fried chicken skins with hot sauce, honey, and scallions; and Kentuckyaki pig’s ear lettuce wraps, and you’ll agree. And if it’s more convenient, a second Husk outpost opened in Nashville in 2013.
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015