Not every celebrated chef slings on the Food Network. These three masters — each with a new, must-try restaurant — walk softly but carry a big saucepan.

NEW YORK: Town, 15 West 56th St., (212) 582-4445
Foodies who know chef Geoffrey Zakarian, formerly of Patroon, lined up early to check out his new digs in the arty Chambers Hotel. With raves, the rest of the city followed. Designer David Rockwell gave him a bright subterranean set that serves as an understated frame for the fare. Dishes highlight luxury ingredients in clean preparations, such as escargot risotto with black truffles and rack of lamb with citrus and olives.

SANTA MONICA: Josie, 2424 Pico Blvd., (310) 581-9888
At the Beach House and Saddle Peak Lodge, chef Josie Le Balch developed a fan base that followed her to her first solo venture, Josie. Bucking the SoCal minimalist trend, Josie creates a comfortable dining room with Old World accents like fireside tables. Le Balch nurtures a gamy streak with dishes such as Texas wild boar and reveals her California-French heritage in quail with apples and foie gras.

SCOTTSDALE: elements, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, (480) 607-2300
The new Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain lured lauded chef Charles Wiley from the nearby Boulders Resort and gave him free rein to express his passion for organic ingredients at elements. After 24 years of cooking, Wiley knows how to complement, say, foie gras with warm spiced pear and bass with balsamic glaze. The dining room outfitted in exotic woods and Murano glass lanterns underscores the stylish presentations.