San Francisco, Oakland chefs honored in Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs list

Two Bay Area chefs have landed on Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs list for 2021, which focused on strong leadership within the restaurant industry in the U.S.

Matt Horn, owner and pitmaster of Horn Barbecue in Oakland, and Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, were honored in the magazine’s 33rd annual list, which highlighted chefs from 10 different restaurants around the country.  

Each honoree was selected in part for delivering noteworthy dishes but also for taking a stance on large issues — such as mental health and racism, among others — and implementing a positive change or working toward a solution. Horn’s dedication to cultivating the rich flavors of Texas barbecue on his own was an important highlight in his nomination, though he also had a hand in giving back to his community amid the ongoing pandemic.  

Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at State Bird Provisions, was honored on Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs 2021 list.  

Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at

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Sioux Falls restaurants are cleaner after COVID, inspectors says

It was apparent to Dominic Miller that Sioux Falls restaurants used their time during the height of the coronavirus pandemic well.

The public health inspector, now Sioux Falls public health manager, was one of six inspectors evaluating Sioux Falls’ 700-plus restaurants and grocery stores on a bi-annual basis.

Restaurants had shut down dine-in eating in the spring of 2020. Many restaurants filled their employees’ time by cleaning to avoid layoffs and prepare for the eventual return of customers, Miller said.

“It was actually very refreshing,” Miller said. “The restaurant industry really took the time to clean. You could see how they pulled the equipment out and did some deep cleaning throughout the establishment. You immediately knew they’d used their downtime well so they were ready again when customers came back.”

Manager Marilyn Schmidt fills a bowl of tomato soup for a customer on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe in Sioux Falls.

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