Way back in the paleo era of 2010, Chow blew up the careers of Ruth Bourdain, Sean Brock, Tom Mylan and a handful of other food folks when they were inducted into the website’s Chow 13 list of yearly notables.
The 2011 list just went live and it is a doozy. Chow dug deep on this one and got it right with a compendium of cooking world bad asses from all across the food spectrum. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr lead this year’s awards. The London based duo are rightly famous for throwing giant parties where guests might get drunk off vaporized gin or eat a dozen courses of medieval breakfast foods in a giant castle. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/13/
Adam Fleischman is internationally famous for his Umami Burger restaurant where he’s incorporated modernist cuisine to reinterpret what most of us get from far more humble cafes or taverns.http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/12/
Connie Green moves upwards of 4 tons of wild mushrooms a week through her food company Wine Forest Wild Foods. She’s been foraging for over thirty years.http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/11/
Hannah Hart is a youtube star who likes to get drunk while she cooks. All with cameras rolling. We’ve gotten a few laughs from her. Might have given this spot to someone else. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/6/
Eddie Huang needs no introduction. If the honorees numbered one, then he would have been that one. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/2/
Andrew Mason is the Groupon guy. We’re opposed for too many reasons to elaborate on here. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/7/
Tom Peters owns the infamous Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. He is THE man for Belgian beer in USA. Belgian beer is why we wreck ourselves out of bed in the morning. He’s an idol. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/5/
Philip Preston is the reason so many American chefs have access to cool modernist cooking devices. Without him our cutting edge cooks would be a bit blunted. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/9/
Chad Robertson bakes bread. He does so better than damn near anyone else on earth. We long for the day when we’ll get to visit his bakery Tartine in San Francisco as everything we’ve read leads us to believe that it is a defining experience.http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/3/
Louise Slaughter is a native Kentuckian whom we are sadly ignorant of. We keep our ears to the ground of the food world but sometimes folks slip through the cracks. Read more here http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/4/
Philippe Starcke is another superstar that has escaped our scrutiny. He engineers giant tables so strangers sit next to one another in restaurants.http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/10/
We’ve enjoyed the fruit of David Tran’s labor for eons. He’s the Sriracha guy. No more need be said. http://www.chow.com/food-news/95112/the-2011-chow-13/8/
That’s the list folks. Anybody out there want to attempt a Chow 13 for Austin? Any award winning power bloggers out there feeling froggy? We’d love to hear from you.