This new high-end book names the next generation of star chefs, selected by 20 worldwide culinary masters

“Today’s Special” book is a hopeful read about the most exciting up-and-coming chefs who will sustain and recreate the restaurant industry.

Phaidon and S.Pellegrino partner to launch new book, Today’s Special.

Phaidon, the premier global publisher of the creative arts, and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water have
partnered to celebrate Today’s Special: 20 Leading Chefs Choose 100 Emerging Chefs. The book names the next
generation of star chefs, selected by 20 culinary masters from around the world.

S.Pellegrino and Phaidon will host two virtual events featuring leading culinary voices. Hugh Acheson, world-
renowned chef, food writer, and restaurateur, will be in-conversation with two chefs he nominated in Today’s Special, Mei Lin (Nightshade, Los Angeles), and Flynn McGarry (Gem, New York). The event will be moderated by Fine Dining Lovers Editor-in-Chief, Ryan King. The second event will pair Manoella “Manu” Buffara (Manu, Curitiba, Brazil) and Diana Dávila (Mi Tocaya Antojería, Chicago) with a special soon to-be-announced guest.

S.Pellegrino and Phaidon also present ‘Today’s Special At Home,’ a timely program that reflects the ways restaurants have reimagined, evolved, and inspired over the last year. Four restaurants across the country will offer limited edition ‘Today’s Special At Home’ boxes featuring dishes from and inspired by the book. Customers will
enjoy an elevated dine-at-home experience accompanied by a copy of Today’s Special and a S.Pellegrino Limited
Edition Diamond Bottle. Participating chefs include:

  • At Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, Chef Gavin Kaysen will celebrate his mentor and nominator, Daniel Boulud with a menu that marries the beauty of French cuisine with the bounty of Midwest products.
  • At Staplehouse in Atlanta, Chef Ryan Smith will offer a selection from his award-winning multi course tasting menu,as featured in Today’s Special.
  • At Archipelago in Seattle, Chef Aaron Verzosa’s ‘Today’s Special At Home Balikbayan Box’ will allow customers tounpack food, stories, and the Pacific Northwest Filipino American Experience.
  • At Grand Café in Minneapolis, Chef Jamie Malone will capture her restaurant’s blend of Belle Epoque romance with her own brand of upper Midwestern pluck.

The full list of nominated chefs was released on The launch campaign will celebrate the
book’s themes of mentorship, as well as the incredible innovation and resilience the industry has demonstrated in
the past year.