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.
Okay, okay, we’ll freely admit that we had New Mexico on our minds after a few too many Breaking Bad marathons, but we’ll fast-forward through the obligatory “real cooks > meth cooks” joke, because we were highly impressed by the caliber of chefs we found in the Land of Enchantment. The capital of this culinary state, of course, is Santa Fe. The epicenter of the Southwest Cuisine movement, the city’s attracted chefs from around the country (and even the world) to offer up their own variations on the region’s cuisine. The results: one of the most competitive restaurant scenes we’ve seen in a small city yet.
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