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James Beard Rising Star: Jenner Tomaska

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Jenner Tomaska is the executive chef at Grant Achatz’s NEXT restaurant in Chicago and one of the Rising Star Chef nominees at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards.

Tomaska, who grew up in Chicago, started cooking young, very young in fact, with a job at a local restaurant at the age of just 14.

He has a degree in culinary arts and food service management, and gained experience working under chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams at the MK restaurant before he joined NEXT. 

In the video above, Tomaska, who was also a Rising Star finalist in 2016, reveals his advice to fellow young chefs.

The Rising Star Chef Award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino, focuses on young talent across the U.S restaurant industry. It’s aimed at chefs 30 years or younger who are ‘likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.’ Previous winners have included Daniela Soto-Innes, Christina Tosi and David Chang.



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