Every year, the magazine selects 10 chefs who have been in charge of a kitchen for less than five years. This edition of its "Best New Chefs" feature is the magazine's 25th, and Malone is in impressive company, part of a roster that includes such talked-about practitioners as New Yorkers Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food and Alex Stupak of Empellón Cocina, Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, Michael Voltaggio of Ink in Los Angeles and José Enrique of José Enrique in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Malone is the fifth Minneapolis chef to make the cut over the past quarter century. Others include Stewart Woodman of Heidi's (2006, when he was at the former Five Restaurant & Street Lounge), Seth Bixby Daugherty (2005, from his work at Cosmos), Tim McKee of La Belle Vie (1997, during his tenure at the former D'Amico Cucina) and Tim Anderson of Iven's on the Bay in Brainerd (1991, when he was at the former Goodfellow's).
Look for Malone on Food & Wine's July cover.