The restaurant world in the U.S. has more than its fair share of celebrities. There are chefs and restaurant operators who have become household names — whether by talent or media savvy, or a little of both.
And then there are those rock stars flying somewhat under the radar, those innovators who might be well known in one market but who are poised to enter the culinary-scene limelight on a bigger stage.
These are leaders who are on the rise.
Restaurant Hospitality editors have identified 12 people across the country who we think are getting ready to break out. These are ones to watch now. No doubt you’ll be hearing more about them later.
Update: March 7, 2018 This gallery has been updated with additional information about the featured chefs and restaurateurs.