At the end of a beyond-exciting culinary year for Detroit, marked by highly anticipated openings, celebrity restaurant chains (Welcome to Detroit, Marky Mark!), and inventive cuisine like kimchi-topped pizza, it’s important to remember the true stars of the show: the chefs.
The Taste of the NFL, a non-profit hunger relief organization based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, hosted its 26th annual “Party with a Purpose” Saturday, Feb.
4, to raise money and support for food banks across the country.
The din of the excited crowd, clinking of wine glasses and sweet and savory aromas filled the 80,000 square-foot white tent custom-built on the University of Houston campus.
However, nine Detroit chefs shined exceptionally bright in 2016, earning themselves the title of Thrillist Detroit's Chefs of the Year: The building that houses this Corktown restaurant might be a nondescript white square, but the interior reveals a dazzling light show that illuminates a full bar and communal tables. M.," a cocktail made with bourbon, rice and almond milk, cinnamon syrup, and bitters that might as well be double as your dessert as well.
Katoi's speciality is Thai, and though the menu changes frequently, it consistently delivers creative, flavor-forward dishes that have won the praises of critics and chefs alike, including James Beard Award-winning Marcus Samuelsson. Located in Café 78 inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is Super Happy Sushi, which seats 80 in its spacious warehouse setting five days a week.
Whether they bucked the national trends, revived classic local flavors, or otherwise drove the city's culinary scene, these are the chefs that stood out this year.