“Have you ever felt as if a restaurant was just waiting for you to walk into it?” remarked renowned food critic Jonathan Gold in a 2011 LA Weekly article.
The restaurant in question was Night + Market, which Gold referred to as “a homegrown Thai street-food emporium” attached to the well-known Talésai restaurant. The foodie added that he had initially been dismissive of Night + Market “as a tired gimmick when it opened late last year, an attempt to cash in on the gastropub thing booming in local restaurants at the moment.”
But the hip Weho restaurant’s name kept popping up in conversations and on local food blogs, prompting Gold to make a visit that won over both his stomach and his heart.
And now, Night + Market’s chef, Kris Yenbamroong, has been nominated among America’s 10 “most brilliant up-and-coming chefs” in an annual contest by Food & Wine magazine that kicks off today, Monday.
The 10 chefs have been shortlisted from a list of 100 chefs nationwide from 10 regions, including California, Northwest and Pacific, and the New York Area.
Titled “People’s Best New Chef,” the contest invites readers to read short profiles of the 10 nominated chefs and vote for their top choice. The deadline to vote is March 18.