Kitchen Confidential


Joseph Wrede Joseph's Table, Taos, N.M.

Bragging Rights

Won Best New Chef Award from Food & Wine in 2000. Cooked at New York City's prestigious James Beard House Star Quality Classic cooking style with a creative take on organic regional ingredients

Signature Dish

Achiote-and-citrus-marinated grilled Texas quail Reservations 505-751-4512;

Thomas Salamunovich Larkspur, Vail, Colo.

Bragging Rights

Cooked at San Francisco restaurants Postrio and Stars, and at Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France

>Star Quality The vision to turn a 10,000-square-foot hall inside the Golden Peak day lodge into a temple of contemporary cuisine

Signature Dish Liberty duck breast with house-made duck sausage Reservations 970-479-8050;

Sam Palmisano Mr. Pickwick's, Stowe, Vt.

Bragging Rights First Place at the Chicago National Restaurant Association Meeting Culinary Competition; former Villa Tragara chef

Star Quality The tenacity to introduce modern flavors to the restaurant's menu of traditional New England fare

Signature Dish Grilled lobster tails with blood-orange syrupReservations 800-477-3771

Roger Freedman Rendezvous Bistro, Jackson, Wyo.

Bragging Rights Kitchen time at 72 Market and Maple Drive in Los Angeles; opening chef at Jackson's Snake River Grill

Star Quality Understanding that "gourmet comfort food" suits the palates of everyone from cowboys to billionaires

Signature DishGrilled pork loin with white beans and sauteed greens Reservations 307-739-1100

October 2005