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The 10 Best-Dressed Chefs in NYC

Scott Conant looks good in the kitchen--and even better when he's not on the job.
Scott Conant looks good in the kitchen--and even better when he's not on the job.
Courtesy Scott Conant via Facebook

Fashion, like food, is often used to push the boundaries of conventional taste. And while white double breasted jackets dominate the kitchen, many chefs throw on more stylish clothing outside of work. In honor of Fashion Week--which runs from today through September 12--we've gathered the city's 10 best-dressed chefs, individuals who take their own presentation as seriously as their plating.

Vikas Khanna shows us how to shop in style at the Union Square Greenmarket
Vikas Khanna shows us how to shop in style at the Union Square Greenmarket
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10. Vikas Khanna, Junoon/Cafe at Rubin Museum

Simple, elegant, and natural, Vikas Khanna makes smart style choices. He plays it safe with color choices, and his fashion sense has gotten him voted man of the year for several publications. Oh, he's also got a Michelin star to his name and is a respected author and host--things you have to dress really well for.

Marc Forgione also has his own line of uniquely designed t-shirts, and his mohawk makes even a polo shirt look badass.
Marc Forgione also has his own line of uniquely designed t-shirts, and his mohawk makes even a polo shirt look badass.
Courtesy Marc Forgione via Facebook

9. Marc Forgione, Marc Forgione

Sporting a mohawk and pulling it off in the haughty world of fine dining is reason enough to add Forgione to this list. Add in bad-ass selections like a leather jacket and aviators-- okay even a sweater and scarf--and you have yourself a man who's style says "I kick ass and can back it up...but I'd rather just cook an awesome meal for you."

Michael Chernow leads the casual eats -- and fashion -- revolution
Michael Chernow leads the casual eats -- and fashion -- revolution
Courtesy The Meatball Shop via Facebook

8. Michael Chernow, The Meatball Shop

Chernow could easily double as the front man for Fun. when he's not helming a meatball empire. With jeans with the cuff rolled up and button-downs with the sleeves rolled up, Chernow's smart casual outfits mirror his food: Just because it's a meatball doesn't mean it can't look really good.

 

Eddie Huang's fondness for fashion--and appreciation for The Godfather--make him one of a kind.
Eddie Huang's fondness for fashion--and appreciation for The Godfather--make him one of a kind.
Courtesy Baohaus NYC via Facebook

7. Eddie Huang, BaoHaus

With a wardrobe to match his colorful personality, Eddie Huang's impeccable street style is just as exciting as the baos he dishes out. With humorous t-shirts, vintage sneakers, and an array of hats, Huang's look shows he's having fun. And isn't that what cooking is supposed to be about?

Scott Conant looking good even when papers pile up on his desk
Scott Conant looking good even when papers pile up on his desk
Courtesy SCM Hospitality via Facebook

6. Scott Conant, Scarpetta

Running a popular Italian restaurant on the cusp of the Meatpacking District requires poise, charisma, and a selection of crisp button-downs. Scott Conant's affection for clothing and dining style can be summed up in four letters: F-I-N-E. He's also one of a handful individuals allowed by the fashion police to unbutton his shirt as far down as he wants.

Christina Tosi's down-to-earth style--much like her baking--has a widespread appeal.
Christina Tosi's down-to-earth style--much like her baking--has a widespread appeal.
Photo courtesy of Sunny Shokrae/Refinery29.com

5. Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar

The creative force behind Momofuku Milk Bar shines wherever she goes, whether it's to an appearance on a late show, at the James Beard awards, or next to David Chang--a snazzy dresser in his own right. Tosi's fashion is fresh, relaxed, and works anytime of the year, kind of like her infamous crack pies.

Sam Mason's work uniform > your work uniform
Sam Mason's work uniform > your work uniform
Courtesy Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. via Facebook

4. Sam Mason, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co./Empire Mayo

While most scientists will do with a lab coat, Mason's inventive nature suggests he's not just all about keeping the status quo. Sporting a newsboy cap and rock n' roll tees, Sam commands a presence much like his chorizo caramel ice cream.

 

Takashi Inoue could easily walk out from behind the curtain for any fashion show.
Takashi Inoue could easily walk out from behind the curtain for any fashion show.
Courtesy Takashi via Facebook

3. Takashi Inoue, Takashi

Takashi's dress is as sharp as the knives he uses to cut delicious beef. He's appeared in magazine shoots showcasing dapper suits and was formerly a DJ (and you know how those guys dress).

Geoffrey Zakarian stands alone...mostly because few people can attempt to look good next to him
Geoffrey Zakarian stands alone...mostly because few people can attempt to look good next to him
Courtesy Geoffrey Zakarian via Facebook

2. Geoffrey Zakarian, The National/The Lamb's Club

The Godfather of stylish chefs could likely trade in his gig as a judge on Chopped for Project Runway without much resistance. We bet wrinkles are afraid to appear on his clothing. And does he need glasses? Maybe not, but he sure does look good in them, and they do make everything he says all the more sophisticated.

When he's not killing it in the kitchen, Marcus appears to give fashion advice in his spare time
When he's not killing it in the kitchen, Marcus appears to give fashion advice in his spare time
Marcus Samuelsson Online

1. Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem/Ginny's Supper Club

Whether he's behind the scenes at Red Rooster or making appearances about town, one gains the sense Samuelsson could actually pull off wearing a vintage suit in the kitchen without getting splattered. With a penchant for accessories like scarves, bright colors, and outfits that stand the test of time (and trends), Samuelsson continues to set the bar as a model chef/chef that models.


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Junoon

27 W. 24th St.
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212-490-2100

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Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th St.
New York, NY 10011

212-620-5000

www.rmanyc.org

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Marc Forgione

134 Reade St.
New York, NY 10013

212-941-9401

www.marcforgione.com

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The Meatball Shop

84 Stanton St.
New York, NY 10002

212-982-8895

www.themeatballshop.com

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BaoHaus 2

238 E. 14th St.
New York, NY 10003

646-684-3835

www.baohausnyc.com

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Scarpetta

355 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10014

212-691-0555

www.scarpettanyc.com

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OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

175 Kent Ave.
New York, NY 11249

347-599-0556

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Takashi
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The National

557 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022

212-715-2400

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The Lambs Club

132 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

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Red Rooster Harlem
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Ginny's Supper Club

310 Lenox Ave.
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www.ginnyssupperclub.com


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