Since the April announcement of 2011's Best New Chefs, the 10 newly anointed honorees had been prepping for a blowout showcase at this year's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. On Saturday night, the country's top talent showed their innovation and vast diversity with a range of dishes that spanned the gamut from breakfast tacos to brassica with sea lettuce. Curious to know what dishes the year's top 10 new toques created? Keep clicking to find out.
Nothing at the Classic induces more excitement than Saturday night's big ticket, the Best New Chefs Dinner. It was my favorite event last year for a multitude of reasons: superb flavor combinations, a jaw-dropping view of the mountains at sunset, fantastic energy, and the best people-watching in the world. The annual by-invitation-only event was opened up to the public this year, which meant lots of crowds, but the opportunity to meet and eat with trendsetters still made it all worthwhile. Here, you'll get to know this year's Best New Chefs and their signature dishes.