505 E. Sixth St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Award: Best New Chef
Year Won: 2011
Pick: Editor's Pick
Yes, he was just named Food & Wine magazine’s best new chef in the Southeast. And yes, he does have an impressive re_sume_ highlighted winning international sushi-making competitions. But none of that is what makes Bryan Emperor, the chef at uptown’s new Kalu restaurant, our choice for best new chef. He wins that title because of the restaurant’s innovative Asian-fusion menu and his execution of each delicious dish with learned precision and natural talent.