NJ Monthly's new peer-reviewed book lists almost 200 chefs across the country it calls the best.
Sunday, April 14
Two local chefs have been named by peers as being among the nation's most skilled in the kitchen, according to NJ Monthly Magazine. Among the 196 New Jersey chefs listed in the new peer-reviewed book Best Chefs America are Matt Higgins of La Cipollina and Ulisses Nova Metropolitan Cafe. The book publishers explained the chef nomination process on its website, writing, "Our analysts speak to nominated chefs across the country by way of appointment and telephone interview. Chefs are asked a series of proprietary questions that score their peers on a numerical scale and identify veterans and up-and-coming talent. The process is calculated to accurately record the opinions of leading chefs about the talent of their colleagues both within the …
Matthew Higgins of La Cipollina Ristoante has been named as one of the Top 25 chefs in America Under the Age of 25.
A hometown chef has earned nation wide recognition due to his abilities to create delicious dishes in the kitchen of La Cipollina. Matthew Higgins, 24, is the Chef De Cuisine at La Cipollina in Downtown Freehold. Despite his young age, Higgins has been named one of the Top 25 Chefs Under the Age of 25 by Best Chefs America, a chef’s guide to other chefs across the country. In order to earn the title, Higgins had to be nominated by chefs who have experienced his craft. Higgins had his first taste of the restaurant industry at a young age. When he was only eight-years-old he began serving fudge to La Cipollina diners. Through the years, Higgins became like family to La Cipollina Founder Anthony Braica, who took Higgins under his wing in …