Best of Philly

Best Chef

2017 Best 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.)

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

2017 Best New Celeb Chef

Joe Beddia at Pizzeria Beddia

115 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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, […] Read more »

2017 Best Chef

Cristina Martinez at El Compadre

1149 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

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 […] 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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Chef

Chris Painter, Il Pittore

2025 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best New Chef

Chris Kearse, Will

1911 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Chef

Richard Landau, Vedge

1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2012 Best Chef

George Sabatino, Stateside

1536 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2011 Best Chef

Jeff Michaud, Osteria

640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2010 Best Chef

Terrence Feury, Fork

306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »