El Jefe and the gang is back: now that Jon Favreau and Open Road Films have announced a re-release of the movie Chef at the end of the month, it's safe to assume that the move is all about nabbing those awards -- you know, Oscars and such. (The Hollywood Reporter shares that when Chef hits theaters again August 29, film guild members will be able to see it for free, so more incentive to see it and vote for it.) But does Chef have what it takes to go all the way? Is Favreau et al. hungry enough to get after it? Our analysis ahead:
This list was originally published on March 22, 2013.
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. Check out the full list here.
San Diego, California is a solid three-hour drive from the bright lights and big-time toques of Los Angeles, but in the last few years the So-Cal city has been holding its own in in terms of a burgeoning food scene. The main reason, though, that we’d like to tip our hats to the surf spot is because no San Diego chef or restaurant has ever won a James Beard “Best” award. Now, that’s just a shame.
But it’s not for lack of trying. In January 2011 a culinary tour company called Bite San Diego launched, taking taste-happy tourists to be a part of the action at the scene-iest restaurants of the day. Of course, the Chef-Mentor we love to hate, Brian Malarkey had his Top Chef debut way back in 2007, and has had a TV renaissance of sorts on this year’s The Taste. So, brush your sandy shoulders off, San Diego. We’d say, you’ve arrived.