Portland’s Carlo Lamagna named among Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs for 2021

Carlo Lamagna, the chef-owner at Southeast Portland’s Magna Kusina, is among Food & Wine 2021 class of Best New Chefs, the magazine announced Thursday.

The chef, who was born in the Philippines, spent parts of his youth there and in Detroit, and has cooked at higher end restaurants in Chicago (Perennial Virant) and Portland (Clyde Common). He opened his own restaurant, with its modern take on Filipino food, in August, 2019.

The magazine praised Lamagna’s “untethered enthusiasm and infectious pride” for Filipino cuisine, comparing a meal at the Southeast Clinton Street restaurant to attending a dinner party at the chef’s home.

Lamagna also gave Food & Wine a guide to his favorite places to eat, drink and let off steam in Portland, including nods to food cart Kim Jong Grillin’, pizzeria Red Sauce, bakery Jinju Patisserie, wine bar Les Caves and Magna Kusina neighbor Dots Cafe.

Magna Kusina is currently open from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday at 2525 S.E. Clinton St., 503-395-8542, magnapdx.com

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell

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