It's no secret that Brooklyn is a culinary destination.

Long a hotbed for inventive, groundbreaking and even award-winning fare, the bar has never been higher for the borough's establishments.

"Restaurants in Brooklyn are getting better and better," says Chef Dale Talde.

Talde is one of the borough's culinary stars, thanks to his mini Park Slope empire of Thistle Hill Tavern, Pork Slope and his eponymous Talde. He joins an illustrious crew of chefs who have made Brooklyn home in recent years and quickly become the face of the borough's culinary scene.

Want to dig in? Here are seven Brooklyn chefs you need to know.