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3 Detroit area chefs in running for Food & Wine 2015 Best New Chef

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Food and Wine

April 1-8 Food & Wine is conducting its annual poll to select America’s 10 most brilliant up-and-coming chefs every year.

This year the Detroit area is represented by Marc Djozlija of Wright & Company, Garrett Lipar of Torino and James Rigato of The Root Restaurant & Bar. Read their profiles and then cast your vote. The results will be announced on April 9.

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How four young chefs ignited Detroit’s restaurant renaissance

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The Root   Top of the Pontch chef

Rocky City Eatery   Selden
Top: James Rigato, The Root … Justin Vaiciunas, Top of the Pontch
Bottom: Nikita Sanches, Rock City Eatery … Andy Hollyday, Selden Standard

Originally published by Southeast Michigan Startup

Back in May 2012, our partners at Metromode 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 can 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 America’s culinary capitals 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?) 2012 article to look at where our then-“Almost Famous” and now legitimately actually famous chefs are today.

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From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit’s up-and-coming chefs have arrived

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JAMES RIGATO-THE ROOT

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

Nikita Sanches, Chef/Owner at Rock City Eatery and Campau Tower, Hamtramck 

Read the full update here.

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