The Times-Pic has just announced its 2015 Chefs To Watch as part of their huge Fall Dining Guide, and Brett Anderson also reports that the list of Nola's five best new restaurants will also be released today. The annual top ten restaurants of the year will drop on Thursday and a new category, Critic's Picks, has been added this year and will roll out on Friday. Contain yourself.
Here now, are the 2015 chefs to watch. Todd Price has interviewed each chef, and here's what each has to say on getting started in the restaurant biz:
- Camille Boudreaux, Killer Po' Boys: "When I was teenager I had the vision of Killer PoBoys. The idea was to do new school po-boys on one side and old school po-boys on the other."
- Tobias Womack, Red's Chinese: "I was 15. It was a Sizzler restaurant. I was washing dishes and then the line cook quit. So they put me on the line."
- Martha Wiggins, Sylvain: At age 15 in a D.C. deli... "There was a small griddle for short order cooking. I could take up to six orders at a time and remember them. I would fly the orders out. I got addicted."
- Gavin Cady and Teresa Galli, 1000 Figs: Galli notes that post-college, "Gavin got a job at Domenica and I got a job at Patois. We both had basically no experience."
- Nick Martin, Primitivo: "I started washing dishes when I was 15 for my mom."
Check out last year's chefs to watch as well.