Suzanne Goin

The Everyday Gourmet, Chef Of The Year, 2012

Why We Picked Her: She’s no newbie to best chef lists, but the SoCal cuisine queen has wooed us all over again by knowing that sometimes we just need a sandwich—albeit a superior one made with locally sourced produce on artisanal bread. Perhaps we’ll indulge in a chewy-crispy chocolate chip cookie for dessert. While we’re at it, how about an herb-roasted chicken to take home? Goin’s Larder creations are as thought-out and refined as anything you’d get for dinner at Lucques but as approachable as something Mom would make. Far-out Takeout: “It’s been a wonderful challenge to come up with ways to deliver my food in a way that people can enjoy at home. Potpies, daubes, free-form pasta dishes in oven-able containers—I’ve had fun figuring out the puzzle to make it work.” 

Where to Find Her: The Larder at Maple drive, The Larder at Tavern, Tavern, A.O.C., Lucques