Food & Wine magazine has announced the winners of its 21st annual Best New Chefs awards. At a celebration at City Winery in New York City, Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin announced the names of the 11 up-and-coming chefs, hailing from restaurants around the country:
The magazine works with restaurant critics, food writers and other experts nationwide to identify outstanding chefs who have been in charge of a kitchen for less than five years. The editors then visit the restaurants in secret to taste the food themselves. The winners will be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine and will travel to Colorado in June for the 27th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
Who invented hummus: Lebanon or Israel? Who owns a restaurant's recipes: the chef or the restaurateur? Can a bakery be sued for decorating its cupcakes with the same pattern of sprinkles as another bakery who did it first? Intellectual property rights for the food and hospitality industry are surfacing as culinary litigation becomes more common.

As a result, intellectual property law firm Cowen, Liebowitz & Latman released a 30-minute video
broken into five 5- to 7-minute segments that examine intellectual property in the foodservice industry pertaining to recipes, names, logos, décor and product packaging.

The video is available here. For more information, visit