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Ken Mansfield, Strada

The newest addition to TPW’s chef-picks-chef society of top toques is tending to Italian classics in Atlantic Highlands, where he dials in on the details of making fresh pasta and pizzas from his sourdough starter. What causes his selector, David Viana, to return again and again? Consistency of craft.

David Viana, Lita

The newest inductee into TPW’s elite chef-picks-chef society of top toques in the Garden State first garnered acclaim from diners and his peers for his innovative and technically precise plates. Powered today by a commitment to consistency and person-to-person connections, David Viana is far from finished when it comes to innovating. At his newest restaurant, Lita in Aberdeen, he’s serving up riffs on family recipes as well as a fresh perspective on hospitality.

Alec Gioseffi, Ironbound

Not many chefs can say they’ve helped to build their restaurant from the literal ground up. But the newest member of TPW’s chef-picks-chef society of top toques has done just that, using his synergistic approach to food, farming and community to tie it all together at Ironbound Farm and Ciderhouse in Hunterdon County.

Eddie Aguilar, The Stirling Hotel

The newest inductee into TPW’s chef-picks-chef society of top toques has mastered work-life balance all the while expressing his far-ranging experiences and talents on every plate. As his fan and selector notes, he’s “never lost his flair.”

Luis Blasini-Sinchi, 7 Doors Down Ramen Co.

His life and cross-cultural experiences are expressed on the plates the newest member of TPW’s chef-picks-chef society of top toques serves forth at his destination restaurant in Bloomfield. It’s a Luis Blasini-Sinchi moment and it’s destined to endure.

Joe Beninato, The Frog and the Peach

Once upon a time, he did his homework after school at the bar of the legendary restaurant in New Brunswick while his pastry-chef Mom put the finishing touches on the desserts that would be served that night. Today, Joe Beninato is the newest inductee into TPW’s chef-picks-chefs society of top toques, and driving that very same kitchen.

AJ Capella, Summit House

Unabashedly in love with the Garden State’s abundant and diverse ingredients, the newest inductee into TPW’s chef-picks-chef society of top toques isn’t shy about speaking out on behalf of New Jersey’s glorious foods.

Tom Valenti, Jockey Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Long a resident of Sussex County but more recently head of the kitchen at this mecca in Morristown, the newest inductee into TPW's chef-picks-chef society of top toques made humble foods haute and, in turn, influenced new generations of both chefs and diners.

Andrea Lekberg, The Artist Baker

The newest inductee into TPW’s chef-picks-chef club of top toques in the Garden State is multitalented in various art forms, an activist with commitment and passion for her community, and has a background as diverse as her culinary crafts. She’s the consummate Renaissance woman.

Ethan Unick, Aunt Chubby’s/The Chubby’s Project

The newest inductee into TPW’s chef-picks-chef club of top toques in the Garden State takes good in its many forms to its many ends as part of his work – and his work ethic. It’s a philosophy with deep roots, grounded in the respect the Hopewell-based chef has for all his mentors and teachers.

Tommy Pollio, The Pasta Shop

The newest inductee into TPW’s elite chef-picks-chef club of top toques in the Garden State proved his mettle as a teen and never stopped playing it forward in the kitchen. Today at his self-described “neighborhood restaurant” in Denville, Tommy Pollio takes the philosophy of Italian cuisine and applies it to local ingredients and deeply rooted heritage.

Andre deWaal, Andre’s Lakeside Dining

The newest inductee into TPW’s elite chef-picks-chef club of top toques in the Garden State may be justly revered for his haute French approach to seasonally specific dishes. But, then again, he’s got a ramen/soft-serve thing going in an old filling station. More to love about this Sparta-based virtuoso.


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