BREAKING NEWS: Jerseyans Named to First “Best Chefs America” List

Best Chefs America, a 386-page book published this month, bills itself as the "first-ever industry peer review guide [to] chefs." The 4,650 chefs across the country who made the cut are listed state by state. A quick count shows New Jersey has 196 honorees, ranging from stars like Craig Shelton, Nicholas Harary, Scott Anderson, David Felton, Zod Arifai, Ryan DePersio, Ariane Duarte, Marilyn Schlossbach and Anthony Bucco to many lesser known names.

Here’s how the Best Chefs America press materials explains the process:

"Chefs were first nominated by fellow chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country. Then, from March 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 analysts conducted over 5,000 confidential telephone interviews. The interviews consisted of a series of proprietary questions, and software was used to aggregate the data. Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in the guide."

In the next few days, we’ll have more information for you on the process and on the team behind the project and the book. We will also post the full list of 196 New Jersey honorees.

Meanwhile, here (in no particular order) are some other names restaurant-goers will recognize…

Humberto Campos Jr – Lorena’s, Maplewood

Cosimo Cassano – Girasole, Atlantic City

Kevin Kelly – Steve & Cookies, Margate

Alex Capasso – Blackbird, Collingswood

Luke Palladino – Luke Palladino, Northfield

Matt McPherson – Matt’s Red Rooster, Flemington

Andrew Araneo – Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

Darryl Feeney – Red, Red Bank

Steve Christianson – St. Eve’s, Ho-Ho-Kus

Ronny Cohen – White Manna Hamburgers, Hackensack

Thomas Ciszak – Chakra, Paramus

Chris Siversen – Maritime Parc, Jersey City

James Laird – Serenade, Chatham

Alex Gorant, Axia Taverna, Tenafly

Bruce Lefebvre – Frog and the Peach, New Brunswick

Mitchell Altholz – The Manor/Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange

Michael Weisshaupt – Restaurant Latour, Hamburg

Juan Andres – Costanera, Montclair

Christopher Albrecht – Eno Terra, Princeton

Andrew DiCataldo – Patria, Rahway

Bill Hendra – Huntley Taverne, Summit

Peter Turso – Ursino, Union

Anthony Micari – The Ebbitt Room, Cape May

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Best Chefs America: New Jersey
FirstLastRestaurant City
StephenSchwartzinger                 Mattar's BistroAllamuchy Township
GuiseppeBiancalanaCafé 2825Atlantic City
CosimoCassanoGirasoleAtlantic City
FrankDoughertyDock's Oyster HouseAtlantic City
JeffGottaCarmine's Atlantic City
NeryHernandezBuddakanAtlantic City
GeoffJohnson                 Roman GrillLinwood
KevinKellySteve & Cookies By the BayMargate
FernandoMasci                 Il Mulino New YorkAtlantic City
RosalbaMoriciGirasoleAtlantic City
LukePalladinoLuke PalladinoNorthfield
CarmenRoneTomatoesMargate
Chris ScarduzioMiaAtlantic City
SergioSoto                 Gallagher's SteakhouseAtlantic City
JosephTucker                 CatchLongport
JoeBrown                 Melange CaféHaddonfield
FranciscoCabrera                 El SitioCollingswood
AlexCapasso                 Blackbird Dining EstablishmentCollingswood
ManishChopraCross CultureHaddonfield
MarioDiVentura                 Filomena Lakeview Deptford
VincentFanari                 Dream Cuisine CaféCherry Hill
SamuelGiumarello                 Giumarello’s Restaurant & G Bar LoungeHaddon Township
DanielHover                 Ritz SeafoodVoorhees
MasaharuItoFujiHaddonfield
FredKellermann                 Elements CaféHaddon Heights
JustinKunkel                 Kunkel's Seafood & SteakhouseHaddon Heights
FrancoLombardo    SaporiCollingswood
PasqualeMasters                 Pasta PomodoroVoorhees
MatthewMcElmoyl                 Oliver a bistroBordentown
RobertMinniti                 Bacio CateringMoorestown
NunzioPatrunoNunzio Ristorante RusticoCollingswood
JohnPilarz                 Anthony's Creative Italian CuisineHaddon Heights
MariannePowell                 A Little CaféCamden
JoshuaReeves                 Barnsboro InnSewell
ChrisSammons                 Zinc CaféMedford
RobinWinzinger                 Robin's Nest Mount Holly
AnthonyBucco                 The Ryland InnWhitehouse Station
ChrisConnorsAnton's at the SwanLambertville
BrianHeld                 Brian'sLambertville
ChristopherHirsheimer                 Canal House CookingLambertville
MattMcPhersonMatt's Red Rooster GrillFlemington
MarkMiller                 Hamilton's Grill RoomLambertville
DeAnnaPaterra                 DeAnna's RestaurantLambertville
Yoshi                 ArisuEnglishtown
AndrewAraneo                 Drew's Bayshore BistroKeyport
GiovanniAtzori                 UndiciRumson
ChrisBrandl                 Brandl.Belmar
RonCaudill                 Raven and the PeachFair Haven
JosephCetruloStella MarinaAsbury Park
IanCooper                  Manasquan
TerryEleftheriou                 Shipwreck GrillBrielle
ChrisEstelle                  Asbury Park
DarrylFeeneyredRed Bank
DominiqueFiloni                 AvenueLong Branch
ScottGiordanoWhispersSpring Lake
NicholasHarary                 Restaurant NicholasRed Bank
MatthewHiggins                 La Cipollina RistoranteFreehold
TakaHirai                 Taka Asbury Park
PaulHolzheimer                 Porta Asbury Park
BrianImbriale                 The Wine BarAtlantic Highlands
BobbyJohnson                 Clementine'sAvon-by-the-Sea
BrianKatz                 10th Ave Burrito Co.Belmar
MichaelKrikorianCopper CanyonAtlantic Highlands
SteffanManno                 Giamano's RistoranteBradley Beach
UlissesNovaMetropolitan CaféFreehold
JohnPanebianco                 Brando's Citi CucinaAsbury Park
CaseyPesce                 d'jeet?Shrewsbury
JoePisacreta                 Il Giardinello RistoranteAsbury Park
AlexRogers                 The Inlet CaféHighlands
JoeRomanowski                 Bay Ave TrattoriaHighlands
MarilynSchlossbach                 Langosta LoungeAsbury Park
NicholasWilkins                 Restaurant NicholasRed Bank
ShuennYang                 Yumi Sea Bright
EricYegelwel                 NicchioBelmar
MatthewZappoli                 Tre AmiciLong Branch
PeterAngelakos                 Bacari GrillWashington Township
GaspardCaloz                 Madeleine's Petit ParisNorthvale
SteveChristianson                 St. Eve'sHo-Ho-Kus
ThomasCiszak                 ChakraParamus
RonnyCohen                 White Manna HamburgersHackensack
AlexDaku                 Le JardinEdgewater
HansEgg                 The Saddle River InnSaddle River
MatthewGavzie                 MK ValenciaRidgefield Park
GeorgeGeorgiades                 Varka EstiatorioRamsey
GinoGjevukaj                 DimoraNorwood
AlexGorant                 AXIA TavernaTenafly
JohnHalligan                 The Park SteakhousePark Ridge
KevinKohler                 Café PanacheRamsey
CraigLevy                 RoCCAGlen Rock
PeterLoria                 Café MatisseRutherford
JohnMarsano                 The Brick HouseWyckoff
Fred MortatiA Mano PizzaRidgewood
ChristineNunn                 Picnic, The RestaurantFair Lawn
CarloOrlandoA Mano PizzaRidgewood
Kevin PortscherVillage Green RestaurantRidgewood
WilliamRoane                 McCormick & Schmick'sHackensack
AndrewRodriguezHo-Ho-Kus InnHo-Ho-Kus
SethWarshaw                 Etc. SteakhouseTeaneck
AdamWeiss                 Esty StreetPark Ridge
DenisWhitton                 Harvest BistroCloster
BryanGregg                  Jersey City
MattiasGustafsson                 Madame Claude CafeJersey City
ArchieMejiaSabor Latin BistroNorth Bergen
RodneyPetersen                 Amanda'sHoboken
AnthonyPino                 Bin 14Hoboken
AdrianaPolitisGP'sGuttenberg
MaricelPresilla                 CucharamamaHoboken
ChrisSiversenMaritime ParcJersey City
BillSpitz                 Bistro La SourceJersey City
KenTrickilo                 Liberty HouseJersey City
WallyWeaver                 3 Forty GrillHoboken
MichaelChuMing IIMorristown
DavidDrake                 Alice's RestaurantLake Hopatcong
AntonioGrandeIl CapriccioWhippany
NataleGrandeIl CapriccioWhippany
JamesLaird                 Restaurant SerenadeChatham
BrooksNicklas                 Rosemary and SageRiverdale
JeffreyOrel                 Rod's Steak & Seafood GrilleMorristown
RalphPerrotti                 LuNello's Montville InnMontville
MatthewPierone                 The Gourmet CaféParsippany
DavidPrusin                 David Todd's City TavernMorristown
JohnSchaefer                 Tabor Road TavernMorris Plains
ManopSutipayakul                 OriginMorristown
KevinTakafuji                 Blue MorelMorristown
FredyUmanzorTim Schafer's CuisineMorristown
J.R.BeltStage LeftNew Brunswick
AndreaDiMeglio                 Luca's RistoranteNorth Brunswick
BrianKarlukSteakhouse 85New Brunswick
BruceLefebvre                 The Frog and the PeachNew Brunswick
JustinQuint                 ClydzNew Brunswick
IraSiegel                 Just Old Bridge Township
AlexStotler                 Due MariNew Brunswick
JoeAlbergo                 Rose MediterraneanCaldwell
MitchellAltholz                 The ManorWest Orange
ZodArifai                 BluMontclair
ClaudeBrowne                 BasilicoMillburn
HumbertoCampos Jr.                 Restaurant Lorena'sMaplewood
MichaelCarrino                 Pig & PrinceMontclair
RyanDepersio                 FascinoMontclair
ArianeDuarte                 CulinArianeMontclair
TreGhoshal                 AdaraMontclair
AlexandreGomes                 Mompou TapasNewark
LanceKnowling                 Indigo KitchenMontclair
FrancescoPalmieri                 The Orange SquirrelBloomfield
Juan AndresPlacencia                Costanera RestaurantMontclair
AnthonyPucciarello                 CieloFairfield
DanRicher                 Arturo's Osteria & PizzeriaMaplewood
AdamRose                 Nico Kitchen and BarNewark
LouisSeger                 Lu NelloCedar Grove
CharlesTutino                 Verjus RestaurantMaplewood
Heinrich K.Aichem                 Black Forest InnStanhope
Andrede Waal                 Andre's Newton
MichaelWeisshaupt                 Restaurant LatourHamburg
JoseAviles Paterson
CarloCarbonaroBottagraHawthorne
JoseVelez                 Toscania TrattoriaLittle Falls
KristopherGreeneAtlantic Bar & GrillSeaside Park
MikeJurusz                 709Point Pleasant
ArtieKeenan                 Bay Head Yacht Club Bay Head
ChristopherAlbrecht                 Eno TerraKingston
TimAmoroso                 Witherspoon GrillPrinceton
ScottAnderson                 elementsPrinceton
FrankCaponi                 MeditteraPrinceton
ChrisGraciano                 Witherspoon GrillPrinceton
MarioMangone                 Chambers Walk Café & CateringLawrenceville
WillMooney                 The Brothers MoonHopewell
ManuelPerez                 The Peacock InnPrinceton
SalvatoreScarlataVidaliaLawrenceville
CraigShelton                 Aeon Hospitality Holdings, LLCPrinceton
BobbyTrigg                 The Ferry HousePrinceton
EdgarUrias                 Blue Point GrillPrinceton
JimWeaver                 Tre PianiPrinceton
JustinBraun Rocky Hill
BillDorrler                 Osteria MoriniBernardsville
MarkFarro                 Uproot RestaurantWarren
DavidFelton                 Ninety AcresPeapack
CoreyHeyer                 The Bernard's InnBernardsville
MelissaHill                 twofiftytwoBedminster
ScottHowlett                 SublimePeapack
KevinKnevals                 Osteria MoriniBernardsville
AllanRusso                 SetteBernardsville
FilippoRusso                 Da Filippo's RistoranteSomerville
JohnTocciWater & WineWatchung
KaraDecker                 A Toute HeureCranford
AndrewDiCataldo                 PatriaRahway
BillHendra                 Huntley TaverneSummit
BruceJohnson                 Roots SteakhouseSummit
JosephMastrella                 Luciano's RistoranteRahway
C.J.Reycraft Jr.                 Chez CatherineWestfield
FrankRizzo                 The Italian Pantry BistroCranford
EdStone                 Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfield 
PeterTurso                 UrsinoUnion
GeorgeVastardisLimani Seafood GrillWestfield
Carl MessickPeter Shields Inn & RestaurantCape May
AnthonyMicariThe Ebbitt RoomCape May
ClaudePottierClaude's RestaurantNorth Wildwood
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