New York may be a culinary mecca, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of food talent. As such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight celebrity, notable, or otherwise up-and-coming chefs you should know about across the country.
Whoa guys! Before we get into hot hipster water over whether it’s possible to choose the best ten chefs in Portland — we’re talking about the other Portland. You know, the one on the other side of the country — in Maine. But we still ran into the same dilemma, because this Portland — the one behind all the lobster fishermen in Fair Isle sweaters — has access to some of the best farms, fowl, and fish in the country. And, naturally, chefs from all over the world have made their home here, building what Bon Appetit Magazine called “The Foodiest Small Town in America.”
This time, our goal is to highlight some chefs without the national reputations and television appearances, but who still make knockout food that inspires the envy of many a food obsessive. So with a heavy heart, we whittled off Dana Street, and sadly pruned Sam Hayward of the legendary Fore Street off our list. (Sorry, guys.) The chefs on our list, though, deserve just as much recognition.