Last night Food & Wine announced their awards for this year's Best New Chefs. The ten winners, picked from around the country, included one chef from Los Angeles: Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica, who can now add this award to his accolades, which include showing up on Coca-Cola billboards in his native Peru. Very cool. The chef, who is opening his second restaurant, Picca, in a matter of weeks, had won the People's award in the Pacific division, the first time F&W had opened the voting up to the public. Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego) was among last year's winners. And guess what, there's now an app for this one too: F&W's Best New Chef app. Of course there is. Turn the page for the complete list of this year's winners...
Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, 2011:
Ricardo Zarate, Mo-Chica, Los Angeles, CA
Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco, CA
Bowman Brown & Viet Pham, Forage, Salt Lake City, UT
Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle, WA
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine and Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin, TX
Stephanie Izard, Girl & The Goat, Chicago, IL
James Lewis, Bettola, Birmingham, AL
George Mendes, Aldea, Manhattan
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Carlo Mirarchi, Roberta's, Brooklyn, NY
Kevin Willmann, Farmhaus, St. Louis, MO