The nominees: Dan Pancake, left to right, Amanda Rockman, Bryce Caron, Johnny Anderes, Dave Beran and Beth Partridge
Breakout Chef of the Year: Dave Beran of Next
Johnny Anderes of Telegraph
Bryce Caron of Blackbird
Beth Partridge and Dan Pancake of Autre Monde
Amanda Rockman of the Bristol
Breakout Chef of the Year Dave Beran
Who better to win Breakout Chef of the Year than the toque behind Restaurant of the Year? After years working alongside chef Grant Achatz, Dave Beran was finally given the reins with Next, allowed to flex his creative culinary muscles via perfecting Paris 1906, taking on Thai, channeling childhood memories and paying tribute to legendary restaurant El Bulli. Following unparalleled attention for both Alinea’s achievements and his own health obstacles, Achatz seems happy to share the limelight—not to mention the pressure and responsibilities—with Beran, and so far the protégé has exceeded expectations. 953 W Fulton Mkt.
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