HOW THESE 6 AWARD WINNERS SEE RESTAURANTS CHANGING

Best Chefs in America weigh in on the trends reshaping their regions' dining scenes

Maggie Borden

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2018 Best Chef: Northeast Winner Karen Akunowicz's new restaurant, Fox & the Knife (Photo: Brian Samuels Photography)

America’s food culture is often described as a melting pot, but we think of it more as a smorgasbord—a spread of distinct dishes coming together on the table as one truly epic meal. This evolution of this ever-changing buffet spurs endless commenting and prognosticating from critics, market researchers, and journalists on what will be the “next big thing.” We decided to skip the middlemen and asked last year’s Best Chefs in America winners what trends they noticed in their regions in 2018. From the rise of food halls in Denver to booze-centric restaurants in New Orleans to the ubiquity of the carrot in Chicago, the one thing these Beard Award winners can agree on is that America’s diners are eating well from coast to coast.

complete article on James Beard site here...

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