11/08/2011 11:47 am ET Updated Jan 08, 2012

Best New Chefs: 12 Up And Coming Culinary Creatives You Should Know About

The restaurant industry is a wild arena. With high turnover rates, high-risk investments, and in an ultra competitive market, owners need to go above and beyond to make themselves standout among the rest. And what's the main ingredient that makes a restaurant's food, influence, ambience and culture different from their competitors? The chefs, of course! And in such a fast paced market, what better way to hear about the best up and coming chefs than for us to make a list for you.

In conjunction with the Huffington Post's Gamechangers program, and Chase Sapphire Preferred(SM), which allows you to earn 2x points on travel and dining, we look at the best new chefs of 2011 (and their restaurants, of course!).

Best New Chefs: 12 Up and Coming Culinary Creatives You Should Know About