2011 Trailblazing Chef Award Winners

These seven chefs are setting the pace for important trends in American restaurants: neighborliness, authenticity, innovation, and more. Prepare to be inspired.

Brandon Sharp

Jeff Lipsky

The Healthy Cooking Award

Brandon Sharp
Age: 36
Restaurant: Solbar
Location: Calistoga, Calif.

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Grant Achatz

Matthew Gilson

The Restaurant Innovation Award

Grant Achatz
Age: 37
Restaurants: Alinea, Next
Location: Chicago

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Chef Daniel Patterson

Jeff Lipsky

The Produce Innovation Award

Daniel Patterson
Age: 42
Restaurants: Coi, Plum
Locations: San Francisco, Oakland, Cali

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Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster

Bobby Fisher

The Neighborhood Chef Award

Marcus Samuelsson
Age: 40
Restaurant: Red Rooster
Location: Harlem, New York City

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Clayton Chapman of the Grey Plume

Matthew Gilson

The Enviornment Award

Clayton Chapman
Age: 25
Restaurant: The Grey Plume
Location: Omaha, Neb.

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Maricel Presilla: The Cultural Preservation Award Winner 2011

Bobby Fisher

The Cultural Preservation Award

Maricel Presilla
Age: "Fifties"
Restaurants: Cucharamama, Zafra
Location: Hoboken, N.J.

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Nate Allen: The Small-Town Chef Award 2011

Peter Frank Edwards

The Small-Town Chef Award

Nate Allen
Age: 34
Restaurant: Knife & Fork
Location: Spruce Pine, N.C.

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