There were 12 chefs that were lucky enough to win Food & Wine’s ‘Best New Chef’ category. Three of those winners were chefs from all over Texas. Proudly representing the Lone Star State was Paul Qui of Austin, Matt McCallister of Dallas and Justin Yu of Houston. Each person brought a little something different to the table, which was why they were all praised by Food & Wine. The winners were announced on Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin’s Instagram. Each chef posted a selfie with the editor in response to their big win.
This award is extremely prestigious – in fact, it’s as closely watched as the James Beard award. The other nine chefs from Portland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn and Brunswick, Maine, proved their culinary chops as well by re-defining fine dining and refining ethnic cuisines. Austin culinary arts courses can help you create one-of-a-kind professional dishes like these featured chefs.
The majority of winners in the ‘Best New Chef’ category were from Texas, but why? Cowin believes the state’s “low operating costs and a growing population of well-traveled food enthusiasts” have created a booming food scene throughout Austin, Houston and Dallas.
Where are the female chefs?
While the award winners may differ in geographical location, the gender of the winners are under speculation. Only two of the 12 chefs that won were women. However, this isn’t the first time the controversial topic has been approached. The New York Times delved into the idea, asking why female chefs tend to get overlooked. The number of female chefs getting recognized certainly doesn’t accurately represent how the female demographic is growing in the industry. According to a New York Times article, “A Change in the Kitchen,” about 30 to 50 percent of the culinary staff in the country’s fastest growing and most successful restaurant groups are in fact women.