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A chefs' family tree revisited

Culinary talent that branched out from Alinea, Blackbird, the Violet Hour, Tru, and more

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ALINEA

Modernist, 2005-

Any cook who spends quality time in Grant Achatz's kitchen laboratory can write his own ticket, and a goodly number of them now head their own kitchens in other cities or have found entry into other world-class restaurants such as the French Laundry and El Bulli. But an august few have remained and begun to cast their own long shadows.

Dave Beran—Next Restaurant
Executive chef Beran has already presided over Paris 1906 and a Tour of Thailand—next up is childhood.

Craig Schoettler—the Aviary
Executive chef at Achatz and Kokonas's out-of-this-world cocktail lounge.

Jeff Pikus—Maude's Liquor Bar
Sophisticated Randolph Street brasserie from LEYE vet Brandon Sodicoff (Gilt Bar, the Doughnut Vault).

David Posey—Blackbird
Posey replaced Mike Sheerin as Blackbird's chef de cuisine last September.

Curtis DuffyAvenues, new place yet to be named
After the Peninsula Hotel restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars, Duffy left to open his own restaurant and Avenues was shut down.

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