Running a professional kitchen has never been easy. Long hours and tight quarters are the name of the game, along with a healthy helping of cuts and burns. Unless you’re a corporate bigwig, compensation rarely outpaces personal expenses. And now, a crowded field that sees new Philly restaurants open every week means making your food stand out is tougher than ever. But that hasn’t stopped a new generation of chef hopefuls from jumping in.
Every month, Billy Penn publishes an edition of Who’s Next, presented by the Knight Foundation, focusing on a different industry or field. Over the last two and a half years, we’ve written about more than 400 of the city’s up-and-coming leaders, from laywers to activists to artists to musicians.
Below are this year’s 15 honorees in the chef category, presented in alphabetical order.
Honorees’ hair and makeup by House of Clarity