Five Icons Choose Five Up-and-Comers

best new chefs

You know who your favorite chefs are, but ever wonder who the favorites are among the countries’ most famous restaurateurs? We checked in with five of our icons to see which upcoming New York chefs are their personal favorites. From Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, Michael Chiarello, Michael White and Alfred Portale, check out the chefs to take note of from the country’s most notable.

1. Jonathan Waxman: Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari (featured above)

2. Michael Chiarello: Carmen Quagliata at Union Square Café

3. Michael Symon: Michael Toscano of Perla

4. Michael White: PJ Calapa of Ai Fiori (Chef de Cuisine)

5. Alfred Portale: Todd Mitgang of Crave Fishbar.