Sweet victory! Kings County takes foodie prize

Win Son wins one!: Josh Ku and Trigg Brown, who opened their Taiwanese restaurant in Williamsburg last year, slaved over a hot stove at the Eater Young Gun awards party on June 22.
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Brooklyn brought home the bacon.

Foodie website Eater anointed the 15 best chefs and restaurant pros in the country with its Eater Young Guns awards Thursday, and Kings County led the geographic pack! Granted, two other cities — Manhattan and New Orleans — matched it with two honorees each, but since the ceremony also happened in Brooklyn, at the swanky Cecconi’s restaurant in Dumbo, we are counting that as another win.

The publication honored Kim LeVine, of Cobble Hill tapas spot La Vara and its next-door coffee shop Tekoa, who also runs two eateries on the distant island of Manhattan.

And the Williamsburg Taiwanese–American restaurant Win Son also won some accolades for its founders, Trigg Brown and Josh Ku, who dished up plates of Lou Rou Fan — a Taiwanese stewed pork with pickled Chinese broccoli and a soy egg — at the announcement party.

The dish was a stand-out among the fine food on offer from a half-dozen Young Gun winners. And the Win Son chef was happy to serve a line that grew to stretch across the room.

“It was great putting Lou in people’s faces,” Brown said.

Win Son is just a little more than a year old, and its founders said they hoped to capitalize on the attention their recognition brings them.

“It’s exciting that a big publication like Eater is paying attention to us,” said Brown. “We want to continue on this route.”

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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