Austin Fausett, Proof Fausett’s four-star fare includes crispy pork croquetas, pencil-size risotto fries with rich bone-marrow hollandaise, and Peking duck with Pennsylvania Dutch accents. 775 G St. NW, proofdc.com
Matteo Venini, Lupo Verde The prince of pasta has elevated Lupo Verde from a neighborhood favorite to one of the best Italian restaurants in DC. Take a bite of his cappellacci, which is stuffed with butternut squash and amaretto cookies—it lounges in brown-butter sauce with crispy sage. 1401 T St. NW, lupoverdedc.com
Tony Conte, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana The RAMMY Award winner is putting out the plates of his career, including a Neapolitan round topped with pistachio pesto, smoked mozzarella and fire-kissed potatoes. 12207 Darnestown Road, Darnestown, Md., inferno-pizzeria.com
Ryan Ratino Man, can this guy cook! Deeply rewarding flavors and myriad textures were all at play on his artistic plates at the recently shuttered Ripple. Don't worry, he's not going anywhere. The talented rising star plans on opening his own restaurant this autumn downtown. The space will feature seasonal American cuisine executed with European technique.
Katarina Famoso, Kapnos Kouzina The young chef has helped take the Bethesda dining scene up a notch with her inspired dishes. Sample the breadth of her considerable skills by indulging in the chef’s tasting menu. 4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, Md., kapnoskouzina.com
Johnny Spero, Reverie After stints at José Andrés’ Minibar and Mugaritz in Spain, the hypertalented young chef is opening his own venture, a tasting-menu restaurant focusing on modern-minded, ingredient-driven cuisine. 3210 Grace St. NW, instagram.com/reverie_restaurant
Sasha Felikson, Doi Moi This inspired chef turns out thrilling Southeast Asian fare—a whirlwind of flavors that electrifies the palate. Don’t miss Bird’s Eye, his lunchtime-only sandwich shop on Fridays and Saturdays offering a trio of creative bahn mi. 1800 14th St. NW, doimoidc.com
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