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Atlanta's Bryan Furman featured in Food & Wine magazine as one of America's best new chefs

His beloved B's Cracklin BBQ was lost to a fire in March, but it hasn't slowed down the chef's remarkable ascent.

ATLANTA — An Atlanta culinary star whose barbeque restaurant burned down in March is being featured as one of America’s best new chefs in “Food & Wine” magazine.

Bryan Furman’s acclaimed restaurant B’s Cracklin BBQ was lost to a fire on the morning of March 6, but the fire hasn’t slowed the chef’s remarkable ascent.

RELATED: Pushing past the fire: Atlanta BBQ favorite powering through with pop-ups

He’s pushed on since then with pop-up events and a planned temporary location at Emory Point. He also has a Savannah location that’s still operating.

Just before the fire, he was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef in the Southeast. Shortly after Food & Wine named him to their list of best new chefs.

The July issue of the magazine will feature that list.

Credit: Courtesy/Food & Wine Magazine

In an interview with the magazine for an April web piece, Furman said he was moving forward with the support of everyone from Martha Stewart to a Los Angeles Rams football player, and explained how he changed the restaurant’s logo to his own face so that people would know it was black-owned-and-made barbeque.

“Many cultures have shaped American barbecue, but we don’t get enough recognition for the part we played,” he said.

Furman is playing a major role in more and more of that recognition finally coming.


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