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Five Atlanta chefs among 100 People’s Best New Chef candidates


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:

  • Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill
  • Joshua Hopkins of Abattoir
  • Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale
  • Ryan Smith of Empire State South
  • Steven Satterfield of Miller Union

Here’s the announcement from today’s Eatocracy:

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.

6 comments Add your comment


February 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

I have eaten at all of these restaurants sans Empire State South (which I hear is great). Of them, Woodfire Grill is my favorite.


February 15th, 2011
2:10 pm

Congrats to everyone! All are well-deserved. Blais should be on this list, if he can get out from behind the burger stand. Was at least happy to see him on the line at Flip in Buckhead this past Sunday instead of off consulting someone…

Jenny Turknett

February 16th, 2011
6:17 am

Great showing for Atlanta! Congrats to these chefs!

Seth G

February 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

This is a popularity contest not a taste contest. We all know how the “People” of Atlanta judge good food, by TV appearances of course! Give the award to a cook who actually cooks in his kitchen every single day.


February 16th, 2011
11:19 pm

@FoodFan What part of “Best NEW chef” did you not understand? Blais has been shutting down restaurants (cept’ for burgers) for several years now.


February 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Blais was a concept that was similar to WD-50 which would have failed in Atlanta as well. I say give it another shot Blais!