Best of Philly

Best Chef

2019 Best Chef

Ari Miller

Musi, Miller’s neighborhood BYO, has all the expected trappings: It’s charming and delicious, and it offers a menu that changes often and relies heavily on what his purveyors have available. But the food is never too serious, and neither is Miller. And that’s what sets it — and him — apart. Read More »

100 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-377-9466 | Website

2018 Best Pastry Chef

Melissa Weller

This James Beard-nominated pastry chef came from New York’s famed Per Se to help open Walnut Street Café. Memories of her apple slab pie will stay with you long after you’ve licked the plate clean. Read More »

Walnut Street Café: 2929 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2018 Best Chef

Chad Williams

Friday Saturday Sunday’s Chad Williams turns out plates that are often daring (blue cheese and corn pasta?), and always fantastic. Read More »

Friday Saturday Sunday: 261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2017 Best Up-and-Coming Chef

Michael Vincent Ferreri at Res Ipsa

He comes from good roots, having cut his teeth at Zeppoli, Aldine and Zahav. He’s smart enough to understand modern tricks and techniques without letting them cloud his vision of what people actually want to eat. And at Res Ipsa, he’s done what seems almost impossible: created menus that work for quick-serve breakfasts, low-key lunches and upscale dinners that will knock your socks off. (They did ours; see our pick for Best New Italian Restaurant on page 96.) Read More »

2218 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-0329 | Website

2017 Best New Celeb Chef

Joe Beddia at Pizzeria Beddia

We were lining up in Fishtown for his pies way before Bon Appétit named his pizza the best in America. But now the world knows, and with his new smash-hit cookbook, he’s been showing the rest of the country that guys from New York aren’t the only ones who know dough. Read More »

115 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2017 Best Chef

Cristina Martinez at El Compadre

Her claim to fame may be simple lamb tacos, but Martinez (of South Philly Barbacoa fame) is a master of her craft. Her use of quality ingredients and dedication to making everything—from heirloom corn tortillas to soulful stews—by hand, are why Philly’s top toques bow down to her prowess. Read More »

1149 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-746-7658 | Website

2016 Best Chef

Townsend Wentz

Wentz seamlessly bops back and forth between French (at Townsend) and Italian (at A Mano), formal and rustic, and traditional and modern — sometimes within the confines of a single plate. He's currently in command of two of the best restaurants in the city, each of which elevates its particular cuisine to a level rarely seen in Philly, and yet the gulf of difference in style, presentation and vibe proves that versatility is one of his greatest strengths. Read More »

2015 Best Chef

Rich Landau

Because he's always here -- either walking the floor at Vedge or tinkering in the kitchen at V Street -- we tend to forget just how important Landau is in this very vegetarian moment we're living through. In the national conversation, Landau's Vedge has already redefined the way that a lot of young chefs look at vegetables and meatless flavors. And now, with V Street, he's proven that his vision for a kinder, greener cuisine can be fun, too -- which is one of the many things (interesting, innovative, delicious) that vegan food never was before he came along. Read More »

2014 Best Chef

Chris Painter, Il Pittore

Quietly, without much fanfare, Chris Painter, who spent years as culinary director for Starr Restaurants before opening Il Pittore, has been stuffing, rolling and saucing thoughtful pasta dishes, garden-fresh apps and big-flavor entrees. Read More »

2025 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-391-4900 | Website

2013 Best New Chef

Chris Kearse, Will

In this era of charcuterie, rusticity and guilty-pleasure food thrills, it takes a lot for a chef to make a name for himself for playing with tweezers rather than a cleaver. But Kearse, with his immaculately composed plates, understanding of how to balance art, modernity and flavor, and bone-deep knowledge of the classic French canon, has everything it takes to shine in any company. If you havent been to Will yet, make reservations now, to see the beginnings of the future of American fine dining. Read More »

1911 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-7683 | Website

2013 Best Chef

Richard Landau, Vedge

Almost everyone says the same thing after a first meal here: That was vegan food? Yes, it is- just not the sort that scares you away from Sunday-night potlucks in West Philly. Whether it's the fresh treasures from Landau's Dirt List or his knack for deploying tofu skin like pork cracklin's and actually pulling it off, this animal-free cooking is revelatory, hedonistic and even-dare we say it about a menu free of offal?- gutsy. Read More »

1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-320-7500 | Website

2012 Best Chef

George Sabatino, Stateside

Follow the Stateside maestro's Instagram feed and you'll see a creative chef at play. Eat his food and you'll know how he's made Stateside one of the most enjoyable dining destinations in the entire city. Read More »

1536 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-551-2500 | Website

2011 Best Chef

Jeff Michaud, Osteria

Why? Because he started cooking at 13. Because he did time in Aspen before coming to work for Marc Vetri at his eponymous Philly restaurant and then, when Michaud decided that he needed to learn more about Italian cooking, just up and moved to Lombardy, where he spent three years walking the earth like Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu working his way up from butcher's boy at a small family shop to executive chef at an inn at the foot of the Alps. Then he came home again and opened Osteria for Vetri, where he currently does amazing things to pizzas, pastas and rabbits. Read More »

640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-0920 | Website

2010 Best Chef

Terrence Feury, Fork

You won't find him on the Food Network or pressing the flesh in the dining room, but that doesn't mean Feury isn't a star. He just shines where it counts: on the plate. After making a splash nearly a decade ago at Striped Bass, Feury moved from project to project before landing at Old City's Fork in 2009. It's a match made in foodie heaven Feury's cooking up some of the city's best food and breathing new life into a beloved institution. Everybody wins. Read More »

306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-625-9425 | Website