Food & Wine magazine has just announced its 10 Best New Chefs of 2015, and L.A.'s Ori Menashe is among those named. Menashe opened Bestia along with his wife, Genevieve Gergis, and restaurateur Bill Chait in late 2012. Before that he was the chef de cuisine at Angelini Osteria.
Of Menashe, the Food & Wine editors had this to say: "He's a meat virtuoso: Bestia's menu offers more than 60 forms of sensational house-made charcuterie in addition to impeccable pastas and pizza."
The Best New Chef designation is a huge deal in the industry, and has immeasurably helped the careers of many young chefs. Past L.A. winners have included Ricardo Zarate, Roy Choi and Ari Taymor.
Food & Wine's press folks explain the selection process: "Food & Wine editors choose the Best New Chefs after a months-long selection process. The editors solicit nominations from restaurant critics, food writers and other trusted experts around the country, searching for talented, creative chefs who have been in charge of a kitchen for five years or fewer. The editors then travel incognito to taste the food."
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Southern California has another Best New Chef on this year's list with Carlos Salgado of Costa Mesa's Taco María.
You can see all 10 winners and read about their restaurants here. Congrats to all!