Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s, Sydney
We have to allow for a certain elasticity to the term “new” when we’re talking Best New Talent. On the strength of the four years Danielle Alvarez put in at the kitchen at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, the grand dame of Californian cuisine called her one of her favourite cooks. But this is Alvarez’s first proper gig in Australia, and, as far as the “talent” part of the equation goes, we’re on much safer ground. Alvarez is one of those rare naturals whose work seems perfectly unforced, even as it wows diners with flavour, again and again.
IN SHORT The Merivale MVP.