Govind Armstrong

The People’s Cook, Chef Of The Year, 2012 

Why We Picked Him: Deviled eggs crowned with smoked catfish, sophisticated pizzas baked with house-made dough, the juiciest chicken to come out of a cast-iron pan: When he debuted Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills, Armstrong didn’t merely bring us a neighborhood restaurant—he redefined it for a city that’s becoming increasingly split between fast-food shacks and self-conscious gastropubs. Locavore: “We have been getting a great response from people in the neighborhood. They are really grateful to have a place they can call their own, especially one with a more independent vibe. It’s a very different atmosphere from most of the places around here. My food has definitely evolved, but it has always been simple, focused, and very seasonal.

Where to Find Him: Post & Beam