There’s chatter among foodies about a resurgence in Southern cuisine. Why? “Simple food can have a lot of soul,” says St. Louis chef Gerard Craft. And during a recent James Beard dinner—featuring top toques from southern cities and staged at Four Seasons Resort Orlando’s Capa restaurant—it was apparent that low-country cuisine is indeed having a moment. Move over, kale and quinoa. Hearty, innovative, and turning the traditional into the unexpected, these Top 5 Southern Chefs to Watch are proof that Southern-inspired is in delicious demand.