Now, we're all bourbon fans at The Braiser (and wine fans, and scotch fans, and beer fans, and [insert alcohol here] fans), and we're all fans of Ron Swanson, but this -- this is a pretty bad way to combine all three of those things.
Skydiving. Times Square on New Year's Eve. Stranded in the middle of the ocean. All places we'd rather be than in Amy's Baking Company, the infamous Kitchen Nightmares' restaurant that set off "an Internet firestorm." "Disneyworld for crazies" doesn't even describe this place fully -- and that's just thinking of the two co-owners, who were subject to another visit on the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares.
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.
Whoa guys! Before we get into hot hipster water over whether it’s possible to choose the best ten chefs in Portland — we’re talking about the other Portland. You know, the one on the other side of the country — in Maine. But we still ran into the same dilemma, because this Portland — the one behind all the lobster fishermen in Fair Isle sweaters — has access to some of the best farms, fowl, and fish in the country. And, naturally, chefs from all over the world have made their home here, building what Bon Appetit Magazine called “The Foodiest Small Town in America.”
This time, our goal is to highlight some chefs without the national reputations and television appearances, but who still make knockout food that inspires the envy of many a food obsessive. So with a heavy heart, we whittled off Dana Street, and sadly pruned Sam Hayward of the legendary Fore Street off our list. (Sorry, guys.) The chefs on our list, though, deserve just as much recognition.