Phaidon and S.Pellegrino are pleased to present Today's Special: Chef Conversations, a virtual event celebrating the launch of Today's Special: 20 Leading Chefs Choose 100 Emerging Chefs.
Today's Special is a who's who of today's international dining scene, created by those who know best. Phaidon assembled an all-star roster of the world's leading chef-curators — 10 men and 10 women — to each select five emerging chefs from around the world, showcasing a variety of styles of food, restaurants, and personalities.
Watch Live Today | 1:00pm ET / 6pm GMT
Join leading chef Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, Empire State South, By George; Georgia) in virtual conversation with emerging chefs Flynn McGarry (Gem, NYC) and Mei Lin (Nightshade, Los Angeles). Moderated by Fine Dining Lovers, editor-in-chief Ryan King.
Hugh Acheson is a world-renowned chef and food writer who lives in Athens, Georgia. He is the co-owner/partner of 5&10 Restaurant in Athens, as well as Empire State South, By George, and coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee, all located in Atlanta, Georgia. Food & Wine magazine named him Best New Chef in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation awarded him Best Chef Southeast in 2012. He has written 5 cookbooks, starred in various cooking shows, and has his very own podcast called Hugh Acheson Stirs the Pot.
Born in China, chef Mei Lin grew up Michigan working alongside her mother and father at their family-owned and -operated Chinese restaurant; and where she learned the fundamentals of being a well-rounded cook and how to run a restaurant. At Nightshade, opened in 2019, the menu features a concise point of view, showcasing an elegant elevation of classic Asian dishes. Nightshade is the culmination of Lin’s personal culinary history and has garnered rave reviews including Food & Wine.
Flynn McGarry began cooking at the age of ten. He started a supper club operating out of his mother’s home at twelve, and staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle before he was sixteen. In 2014, he was the cover story of the food and drink issue of the New York Times Magazine. In 2018, at the age of nineteen, he opened his first permanent restaurant, Gem, in New York City's Lower East Side, which received a glowing two-star review from the New York Times. In November that same year, he was the subject of a documentary called Chef Flynn that debuted in theaters nationwide.