Best Chefs America Names South Florida's Finest

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In an age when most people read electronically, Best Chefs America is a bit of a throwback. For now, it's available only in a hardbound edition ($75, available online at bestchefsamerica.com), but the recently published book is both beautiful and useful.

The book lists nearly 4,700 of the best chefs in America, sorted by state.

The methodology used to compile these top toques is a blend of old-school and new technology.

The company made nearly 70,000 calls, which resulted in over 5,000 chefs interviewed in confidential telephone discussions by a team of Best Chefs America analysts.

Though the questions are proprietary, Gabe Joseph, executive vice president of the company behind the book, said that each chef interviewed was asked the same questions. The interviews were conducted between March - December of 2012 and lasted about 10-15 minutes each.

Once the interviews were finished, proprietary software was used to

ggregate the data. The resulting data named the 4,644 best chefs in the

United States, growing food trends in the country, and the 25 most

influential chefs in the country.

Nearly 50 chefs in Broward and Palm

Beach counties were acknowledged. Chefs on the list did not have to be

executive chefs or restaurant owners -- anyone on the line who makes

excellent food could be named by their peers. In addition, the chefs were named for their individual talents, so some chefs are actually listed without being attached to a restaurant.

Each chef receives recognition of inclusion to the list and a window sticker for his or her restaurant.

Broward County

Palm Beach County

  • Zach Bell, Addison Reserve Country Club (Delray Beach)
  • Patrick Broadhead, Max's Harvest (Delray Beach)
  • Nitinun Chunsawang, Lemongrass Asian Bistro (Boca Raton)
  • Joseph Clark, Sushi Jo (West Palm Beach)
  • Clay Conley, Buccan (Palm Beach)
  • Oscar DeLaCruz, Portebello Cucina Italiana (Jupiter)
  • Marcello Fiorentino, Marcello's La Sirena (West Palm Beach)
  • Arturo Gismondi, Arturo's Ristorante (Boca Raton)
  • Norbert Goldner,  L'Europe Cafe (Palm Beach)
  • Adam Hervieux, 3800 Ocean (Riviera Beach)
  • Nader Jaouhar,Cielo (Boca Raton)
  • Jim Leiken, Cafe Boulud (Palm Beach)
  • John Lenhard, Darbster (Boca Raton)
  • Jean-Pierre Leverrier, Chef Jean-Pierre (Palm Beach)
  • Chris Miracolo, Max's Harvest (Delray Beach)
  • Carlo Sernaglia, Vagabondi Restaurant (West Palm Beach)
  • Anthony Sicignano, The Breakers (Palm Beach)
  • Andrew Swersky, Artizan Flatbread Company (Boca Raton)

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