In the second part of our series highlighting chefs to know in American cities (last week we visited Atlanta), we go to a southeast powerhouse that has, perhaps unknown to American food obsessives, fielded James Beard nominees, Bon Appetit Best New Restaurants, and a unique cuisine that honors Southern tradition while slowly introducing New American and European techniques. (These days, the city’s hottest chefs are graduates of Copenhagen’s Noma.)
To anyone who thinks that this city is only good for barbecue and hot chicken (both good things, to be sure), you had better check your attitudes at the door, because Nashville is slowly but surely becoming a food destination, and these ten chefs are at the forefront of a nascent culinary renaissance.
Like all top ten lists, we admit we may have left off some deserved chefs. Is there anyone we missed? Let us know in the comments! And send your nominations for future editions to firstname.lastname@example.org.