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Jan 23, 2007 04:25 PM

Who are the MOST UNDERRATED chefs in America?

What first come to mind are the anonymous chefs toiling in the back of hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The true masters, underappreciated yet happy the way they are.

Can you name any underrated chefs?
Names which should be up there with that famous you know who and who and who.
If you don't know their names, tell a story about being impressed by an unknown chef.

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  1. Well, I don't know if he quite qualifies as a "master" yet, but my cousin Chris Rudziensky is an underrated chef, in my opinion. He's toiling away in the back of a dorm dining hall at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I've never seen anyone so competent or so happy as he is when he's cooking. (Perhaps I'm biased...he cooks our Christmas dinner every year.)

    1. The most underrated chefs are the ones who show up for their job day in and day out with all their faculties together (i.e not hungover) who motivate their staff in an acceptable manner, run a clean kitchen with appropriate and decent behavior, consistently explore and develop new food ideas and yet at the end of the day when someone raves over what they do, they simply say "Thanks, I appreciate that" and go home. They don't laud their work, pound their chest, strut their stuff or flaunt their talent. They do what they do because of their passion for food, period. I would rather work for a chef like that than any hi-falutin' rooster who thinks his wattle is better than anyone else's.