"It's awesome," Kleinman says of the honor. "I've been following ACF since I was a kid, so it was amazing to receive that accolade."
Although Kleinman has worked in traditional kitchens, he's gotten to exercise his creativity through the Inventing Room, which caters events and has pop-up shop often found around town.
"For me, it's just a little bit of gratification from our peers," Kleinman adds. "You want to show good work with your fellow chefs. I started this company wanting do something different, and to be recognized for it was absolutely amazing. We weren't expecting it."