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While their peers were partying and procrastinating, these chefs kept their eyes on the culinary prize and paid their dues at an early age. As a result, they are now top chefs at restaurants across the country before their thirtieth birthdays. This year, we have actually discovered six talented young professionals, as two of them form a powerful pair despite their tender years. Look for these half-dozen chefs to continue their culinary careers as top toques in restaurants near you, as well as on television.

Chef Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill

Kevin Gillespie
Woodfire Grill

Known nationally for making it all the way to Top Chef’s Season Six finale, Gillespie is an Atlanta native with a reverence for seasonality and sustainability... Chef Kevin Gillespie biography

Chef Summer Genetti of Palace

Summer Genetti

This heavily-tattooed culinary wunderkind has worked her way up to executive pastry chef at the highly regarded restaurant of the the historic Cincinnatian Hotel... Chef Summer Genetti biography

Chef Daniel Giusti of 1789

Daniel Giusti
1789 Restaurant
Washington, D.C.

New Jersey-born Daniel Giusti has worked at some illustrious places in his young life, including under Charlie Palmer at Aureole and at Restaurant Guy Savoy... Chef Daniel Giusti biography

Chef Sylvain Delpique of David Burke Townhouse

Sylvain Delpique
David Burke Townhouse
New York City

French-born Sylvain Delpique has worked side-by-side with David Burke for more than three years at his eponymous restaurant... Chef Sylvain Delpique biography

Chefs Dana Tough and Brian McCracken of Spur

Dana Tough &
Brian McCracken


This duo of 28-year-old chefs and good friends opened Spur in Seattle in 2008... Chefs Dana Tough and Brian McCracken biography

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


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