10 Up-and-Coming Chefs to Keep on Your Radar

Who's the next David Chang? We've got some ideas.


There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when the life of a chef was simple: spend years toiling away anonymously in an someone else’s kitchen, learn everything you can from the masters, and then, maybe—if you were supremely driven, freakishly talented, and just straight-up lucky—get out and make a name for yourself.

Needless to say, the game has changed.

These days, young chefs are still working nose to the grindstone—80-hour workweeks are the norm—but the road to notoriety isn’t as one-track as it used to be. Some of today’s hottest up-and-comers are breaking out on their own early on, skipping a decade of apprenticeship in exchange for complete creative control. Some are even nixing the professional kitchen entirely, instead hosting pop-ups or supper clubs in nontraditional venues like, say, their living rooms. And some are kicking it old-school, working their way up under the gurus until they feel ready to spread their wings and fly solo.

Who will be the next David Chang? We’ve got a few ideas. Here’s a look at 10 of the most exciting young chefs in the country—kitchen stars simmering with talent and ambition, all just shy of hitting the mainstream. Remember these names: You’ll be hearing a lot more from them soon. 

Written by Jamie Feldmar (@jfeldmar)

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  • Frans

    I’m flicking through the menus of the restaurants and something comes to mind. Is the number next to the dish(if you look at their menus) the price? If so then how can it be so cheap? I want to move to the us now if theese are the food prices.

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