If there's one thing our friends at Food & Wine do even better than throwing fabulous festivals all around the country, developing stellar recipes and generally making our lives more appetizing – it's identifying up and coming talent from around the country.
Since 1988, 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 had a say.
In each of the ten designated regions of the country, you had a chance to 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.
Without further ado, the winner:
Why he’s amazing: Because he’s not afraid to challenge diners’ palates with the daring nose-to-tail cooking (including calf’s-brain ravioli and blood-sausage pepperoni on pizza) at his intimate enoteca
And the regional winners are:
Great Lakes - Jose Salazar, The Palace
Gulf Coast - James Lewis, Bettola
Mid-Atlantic - Kyle Bailey, Birch & Barley
Midwest - Lee Richardson, Ashley's at the Capital Hotel
New England - Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa
New York Area - David Felton, Ninety Acres
Northwest - Jason Franey, Canlis
Pacific - Ricardo Zarate, Mo-Chica Restaurant
Southeast - Bryan Emperor, Kalu Asian Kitchen
Southwest - Tim Byres, Smoke
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