Jim Christiansen, Heyday
Lots of local chefs enjoyed a big a year in 2014, Jim Christiansen of Heyday perhaps most of all. Christiansen worked under James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee at La Belle Vie for nearly a decade before moving on to Sea Change and Solera and then hopping a plane to work under Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, voted the best restaurant in the world four times over. After returning home, he pushed on to follow his dream and launched his own venture in Heyday, our vote for the best new restaurant of 2014. "I'm still learning my own style and I'm okay with that," says Christiansen of a tactic that seems to be working pretty damn well so far. This year has already brought Christiansen a few stellar award nominations — fitting, as his star continues to rise.