The nomination process for Food & Wine’s fourth annual People’s Best New Chef awards has officially begun, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite talented newcomers. Voting will run from now until 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 31.
A total of 100 chefs are currently in the running, covering California, the Great Lakes, the Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York Area, Northwest & Pacific, Southeast, and Southwest regions. Food & Wine has provided each chef with a brief biography, including details on the chef’s professional background, where they attended culinary school, and why they’re amazing.
A few of the nominees include Curtis Duffy of Grace because “he’s keeping fine luxurious dining alive and well in Chicago,” Paul Carmichael of New York because “because he revamped Má Pêche's menu with flavors from his childhood in Barbados,” and Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles because “her sought-after jams and pickles…have transformed the way we think about preserves.”
A finalist from each region will go on to compete for the People’s Best New Chef, which will be revealed April 2nd on Food & Wine’s website. The winner will also be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.