Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef 2011: And the winner is ...
March 2nd, 2011
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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:

Jamie Bissonnette
Courtesy of Coppa

Jamie Bissonnette
Coppa - Boston, MA

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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  1. laika72

    Northwest – Jason Franey, Canlis... Over Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita? Wrong again. Canlis is boring, except the view and wine list.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  2. laika72

    Northwest – Jason Franey, Canlis... Over Ethan Stowell of Staple & Fancy Mercantile? Yeah right.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:46 am |
  3. dennis

    Thanks for the info., so I can avoid these over-priced trendy places.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Do not feed the troll.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  4. Dan

    I need to check out all these great chefs. Congratulations one and all.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  5. Jerv

    Congratulations all! If I was rich I would travel to each winners restaurant and dine.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  6. EmmKay

    I've not tried his food, but the photo alone has made me a fan!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • MaggieM

      I am a HUGE fan. Have eaten at Coppa and Toro multiple times. This award just proves why I keep going back!!! If you live in the Boston area do yourself a favor and go!!!

      March 2, 2011 at 10:25 am |
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