For the past decade-plus, the editors of Food and Wine magazine have traveled the country each year to find the 10 best new chefs in America. They define “new” as a chef who has run a kitchen for five years or fewer. Past Atlanta recipients include Sotohiro Kosugi, Linton Hopkins and the duo of Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison.
Now they’re turning part of the selection process over to the chewing and clicking public. Working in conjunction with CNN’s Eatocracy blog, the Food and Wine editors have singled out 100 chefs in 10 regions throughout the country for readers to vote on. Five of these chefs (half of the Southeast regional contenders) are Atlantans:
Since 1998, the editors of Food & Wine have feasted their way from coast to coast, seeking out 10 innovative chefs, each with a distinctive vision, creating exceptionally delicious food. They’ve bestowed upon these shining stars the title of Best New Chef. This year, the dining public has a say.
In each of the ten designated regions of the country, you – yes, YOU – may vote for the chef whose restaurant has most significantly stirred your soul and your palate. The winner of the The People’s Best New Chef 2011 will be the subject of a profile in the July issue of Food & Wine and will no doubt hold you in tremendous gratitude and esteem until the end of time.
Voting is supposed to go live sometime today on the Food & Wine website here.
What a great showing for Atlanta! Congrats to all.