3 favorite S.D. chefs
Let me get the disclaimers out of the way first.
These are "favorite" chefs, not "best" chefs. Favorite is 100% subjective; best somewhat less so. So the usual dissection, criticism, rebuttal, and surrebuttal that would ensue from a listing of "best" chefs...well, I'm hoping there'll be no compulsion for that here.
Just a fun list for those who may wish to participate. I look forward to seeing which names pop up most often.
If you're a sushi aficionado, a vegan, think Mexican cuisine is tops, or Italian, or Chinese, then your trio will no doubt include chefs from those areas.
I've thought a lot about this and with my three it's all about taste, creativity and consistency, in that order:
JEAN-MICHEL DIOT (Tapenade)
PAUL MC CABE (Kitchen 1540)
CARL SCHROEDER (Market)
Carl Schroeder (Market)
Jeff Jackson (AR Valentien)
Olivier Bioteau (Farmhouse Cafe)
And special mention to Bobby Mates (Wine Vault and Bistro) for putting forth a Supermanesque feat in his 5-course/$30 tasting menu.
Jeff Jackson (ARV)
Trey Foshee (George's)
Aaron La Monica (Blind Lady Ale House, formerly of Delirio's)
Andrew Spurgeon (Waters)
I had to choose four. I based it on food, personality, and philosophy, and in some cases, playfulness.
I'm gonna have to think about a third one a bit. First two are no brainers for me.