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Five young chefs you should know about

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The world of gastronomy has never been more colorful than it is today. Despite all the adversity of the last few years, there are still creative, bold and above all young chefs who are not afraid of precarious economic conditions because they are fully sold on their concepts. We would like to introduce you to extraordinary, young talents that should definitely be on the culinary radar.

1. Davide Garavaglia, Côte by Mauro Colagreco, Bangkok

Italian chef Davide Garavaglia brings the cooking philosophy of Mauro Colagreco from the Mediterranean to the luxury Capella Hotel in Bangkok, located on the Chao Phraya River. After working under chef Davide Oldani at D’O –a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan – and later under chef Pierre Gagnaire at Sketch – a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in London – the now 33-year-old joined Mauro Colagrecos at Mirazur in 2015. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Michelin Thailand Young Chef Award 2023 and a Michelin star.


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At Côte by Mauro Colagreco, guests can expect a truly sophisticated, calm and inviting dining experience inspired by the Riviera. Light-filled, elegant interiors with panoramic views over the sparkling Chao Phraya river complement the young chef’s dishes of refined simplicity – colorful reinterpretations of traditional recipes from the culinary heritage of the French and Italian Riviera, from Nice to Genoa.

2. Martin Weghofer, Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge, Frankfurt

At 24, Martin Weghofer has already achieved what many chefs dream of in a lifetime. He has already been awarded one star by the Michelin Guide, making him the youngest starred chef the German state of Hesse. Weghofer grew up in a gastronomy family in Rotenburg an der Fulda. At 15, he began his training as a chef at Hotel Kloster Haydau in northern Hesse.


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You can now find him at the Maintower restaurant in Frankfurt, where guests experience exclusive, modern design and a first-class dining concept high above the rooftops of Frankfurt. Located on the 53rd floor, you have a spectacular view of the city at a height of around 613 feet (187 meters). But it is not just the view that astonishes the guests. The menu features creations such as “Duck Liver / Plum / 25-year-old PCX Vinegar / Parmesan or Balfego Tuna / Black Radish / Tangerine / Imperial Gold Caviar”. We’ll certainly be hearing more about this German talent in the future.

3. Kevin Chen, Red Paper Clip, New York

Kevin Chen, former chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, staged a series of pop-ups before establishing this stylish, Asian-inspired delight. Located in a narrow storefront, your only clue that you have arrived is the large red paper clip hanging in the window. Inside the restaurant, the space is kept simple so that you can focus entirely on the inventive food.


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Born in New York, Chen discovered his passion for cooking when working at his family’s bakery in Flushing, Queens. He started his culinary career as a pastry chef at Soho House. Determined to challenge himself, Kevin Chen opted to concentrate on savory cuisine. He worked at Grant Achatz’s Alinea in Chicago before becoming part of the Apis restaurant’s opening team in Austin. The team’s commitment to local farms is the cornerstone of this cuisine, and seasonal dishes showcase the Taiwanese heritage of the young chef. Highlights of the fixed price menu include silky tuna slices resting on a piece of potato confit and Agnolotti stuffed with pork and accented with hand-shaven black Burgundy truffles.

4. Dominik Süss from Gasthof Süss Oberkappel, Austria

Junior chef Dominik Süss from Gasthof Süss also needs to be included in the list of chefs that you should know, since you’ll definitely be hearing more from him in the days to come. The young kitchen talent inspires thousands of people with creative recipes on social media. Located in the heart of the Mühlviertel region, this family-run business has been impressing guests with its regional, in-season cuisine for over 130 years .

Now 22 years old, Süss won gold at the state championships for apprentice cooking in tourism directly after completing his apprenticeship and created his first TV show “OÖ – kocht” together with Silvia Schneider in 2022. The social media star developed his passion for Instagram and co. during the first lockdown. He offers a glimpse into his private life, as well as various cuisines and always includes a few recipes to try out.

5. Samuel Clonts of 63 Clinton, New York

After fifteen years of friendship, Sam Clonts and Raymond Trinh opened their first restaurant. The goal was to create an unforgettable restaurant that feels both calm and elegant. Clinton Street 63 on the Lower East Side serves modern, seasonal American cuisine with global influences.


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Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Sam enrolled in his high school’s culinary arts class while working as a dishwasher at a local neighborhood restaurant. Attracted by the world-class hospitality industry in New York City, Clonts left Arizona and studied at the Institute of Culinary Education. He earned a Michelin star at Bar Uchu in 2017, making him the youngest American celebrity chef at 26. At 63 Clinton, guests can expect surprising dishes with finesse. From luscious hamachi saturated with shiso pepper Meyer Lemon Curd to juicy, crispy chicken roulade over a purée of miso, this culinary team uses sophisticated techniques to transform its high-quality ingredients.


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