10 Southern Chefs to WatchBy Kelly Dobkin | March 12, 2014 By Kelly Dobkin | March 12, 2014
Something very unique is going on right now in America's Southern cities, something perhaps even more exciting than the culinary goings-on in bigger markets like Chicago, San Francisco or NYC. Redefining what it means to be a Southern chef, a new crop of über-ambitious, forward-thinking cooks are working closely with local farmers and growers and are setting the tone for what you can expect from a restaurant in places like Charleston, Nashville, Austin and Dallas. After traveling to the Charleston Wine & Food festival this past weekend, where we met many of these talents, we put together this list of 10 pioneering chefs who you can expect big things from in the not-so-distant future.
Pictured: Josh Walker of Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston, SC