Best of Philly

2013 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.

1911 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148; 215-271-7683;