Originally published in MetroMode
Back in May 2012, we introduced you to metro Detroit chefs on the cusp of making a serious impact in the under-appreciated, and then mostly underwhelming, local culinary scene. Oh my, what a difference a few years make!
Now, metro Detroit’s dining scene is having a serious moment – one that has been a long time coming and one that might have been hailed a bit too preemptively, but is certainly making good on its promise.
With national attention on Detroit, a palpable DIY creative energy, and our notoriously low rents, local chefs have flourished. Ex-pats have returned home and are making national headlines with their work in local kitchens, and chefs from American culinary capitals around the nation have even been imported into the city to much acclaim. What was, nearly three years ago, a question of “Why not us?” has in turn become a bold proclamation of “here we are.”
With that in mind, we now check in on our four chefs from that, dare we say, visionary article, to look at where our then-“Almost Famous” and now legitimately actually famous chefs are today.
Andy Hollyday, Executive Chef and partner at Selden Standard, Detroit
Justin Vaiciunas, Executive Chef at Top of the Pontch, Detroit
James Rigato, Executive Chef at The Root, White Lake