Sameh Wadi, Saffron and World Street Kitchen
After years of successfully running the highly acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant Saffron, this year James Beard Award Rising Star Chef nominee Sameh Wadi really proved the range and depth of his talent when he opened the brick-and-mortar outpost of World Street Kitchen, the popular food truck he owns with his brother. Wadi's hands move as deftly when braising veal breast and frying grape leaves as they do when rolling up a burrito stuffed with spicy red Thai curry. He is as precise as he is inventive, always seeking to give diners an array of global flavors, often combining them boldly in a single dish. Whether his food is served in a grandly glazed tagine or a recyclable paper tray, Wadi is particularly focused on achieving textural balance, making every bite of his food a layered experience that you won't soon forget.