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They've sweated, toiled, cooked in the shadows, and paid their dues. With devotion, motivation, youthful energy and passion, these fiery chefs have climbed the culinary ladder into the spotlight. This year, we've rooted out five of the most talented young professionals under 30 who have improved, redefined and turbocharged menus across the country.

Chef Nate Appleman of A16

Nate Appleman
San Francisco

Curiosity compelled Appleman to tour the restaurants and markets of Italy and move to the San Francisco Bay area to perfect his skills...Chef Nate Appleman biography

Chef Adam Horton of the Saddle Peak Lodge

Adam Horton
Saddle Peak Lodge
Los Angeles

Abroad, Horton cooked at Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road in London, as well as Le Moulin de Mougins, La Palme d'Or, Taillevent and Troisgros...Chef Adam Horton biography

Chef Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud

Gavin Kaysen
Café Boulud
New York

From the shores of San Diego at El Bizcocho to the streets of New York at Café Boulud, Gavin Kaysen has quickly put his stamp on the Daniel Boulud empire...Chef Gavin Kaysen biography

Chef Jonathon Sawyer of Bar Cento

Jonathon Sawyer
Bar Cento

Early motivation led Jonathon Sawyer behind the lines, bouncing back and forth between Cleveland and New York City's great kitchens...Chef Jonathon Sawyer biography

Chef Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's

Sue Zemanick
New Orleans

Aside from Zemanick's grit, we admire her focus on bringing an offbeat style to a restaurant whose foundation uplifts the elegant history of New Orleans....Chef Sue Zemanick biography

The dining room of Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.


Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

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Summer Cocktail RecipesTry these refreshing summer cocktails at home.

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