Food & Wine has announced the winners of the 26th annual Best New Chefs in America, honoring the most promising culinary newcomers around the country. The contenders were selected from each region by a panel of restaurant critics, food writers, and other trusted experts.
The winners, all of whom have been in charge of a kitchen for five years or fewer, were then chosen by Food and Wine’s editors, who tasted food from each chef anonymously.
The winners for Best New Chefs 2014 were: Matthew Accarino of SPQR in San Francisco, Dave Beran of Next in Chicago, Greg and Gabrielle Denton of Ox in Portland, Eli Kulp of Fork in Phildelphia, Matt McCallister of FT33 in Dallas, Joe Ogrodnek & Walker Stern of Dover in Brooklyn, Paul Qui of Qui in Austin, Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine, Ari Taymor of Alma in Los Angeles, and Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston.
The 2014 winners will also be featured in Food & Wine’s July issue.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.