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Food & Wine announces 'best new chefs'; Kogi's Roy Choi (big surprise) gets award

April 6, 2010 |  3:34 pm


Anyone following Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin on Twitter might have already guessed that L.A.'s Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ has been named one of the magazine's "best new chefs" this year.

"Roy Choi is on a mission, and it's a mission we completely and thoroughly support," Cowin says. "He wants to bring great food to the street, not just to Twittering foodies. His food is delicious [and] original.... 

"This is the first time truck food has been nominated for this award, and it represents a change in the way food is delivered and consumed around America today."   

Not everyone feels the same way about L.A.'s food trucks trend, per this Squid Ink post (there are some colorful comments, including a few from the "Kogi Familia").

Here's the full list of Food & Wine's 2010 best new chefs:

Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ truck, Los Angeles
Matt Lightner of Castagna, Portland, Ore.
Clayton Miller of Trummer's on Main, Clifton, Va.
Missy Robbins of A Voce, New York
Jonathon Sawyer of the Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland
Alex Seidel of Fruition, Denver
Mike Sheerin of Blackbird, Chicago
John Shields of Town House, Chilhowie, Va.
Jason Stratton of Spinasse, Seattle
James Syhabout of Commis, Oakland

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Roy Choi. Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times