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The 100 Nominees for Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef

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Here they are: Food & Wine's nominees for their new award, The People's Best New Chef competition, in which readers vote online for the winner. There are ten nominees from ten regions, and the regions are clearly drawn in order to give certain areas a better shot at making it to the finals. (Northwest separates Portland and Seattle from the California chefs, for example, and Great Lakes separates Chicago from the Midwest chefs).

Also, no nominees for Houston, even though it wasn't too long ago that chef Bryan Caswell hit up Eatocracy (which has partnered with F&W on this award) to ask what it would "take for Houston to get the recognition it deserves from the nation's top culinary publications."

While the press release said that "Inclusion as a nominee for The People's Best New Chef award does not preclude consideration for a Best New Chef award," this is is possibly maybe a short list for Food & Wine's Best New Chef awards:

MIDWEST
Lee Richardson / Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel / Little Rock, AR
Carly Groben / Proof / Des Moines, IA
Mike Brown and James Winberg / Travail / Robbinsdale, MN
Landon Schoenefeld / HauteDish / Minneapolis, MN
Erik Anderson / Sea Change / Minneapolis, MN
Alex Pope / R Bar / Kansas City, MO
Anthony Devoti / Five / St. Louis, MO
Kevin Willmann / Farmhaus / St. Louis, MO
Josh Galliano / Monarch / Maplewood, MO

PACIFIC
Ricardo Zarate / Mo-Chica / Los Angeles, CA
Josef Centeno / Lazy Ox Canteen / Los Angeles, CA
Curtis Di Fede and Tyler Rodde / Oenotri / Napa, CA
Russell Moore / Camino / Oakland, CA
Joshua Skenes / Saison / San Francisco, CA
Corey Lee / Benu / San Francisco, CA
Jamie Lauren / Beechwood / Venice, CA
Perry Hoffman / Étoile (at Domaine Chandon) / Yountville, CA
Brandon Sharp / Solbar / Calistoga, CA
Casey Lane / Tasting Kitchen / Venice, CA

SOUTHWEST
Chris Curtiss / Noca / Phoenix, AZ
Max MacKissock / The Squeaky Bean / Denver, CO
Andrew Curren / 24 Diner / Austin, TX
Bryce Gilmore / Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Barley Swine / Austin, TX
James Holmes / Olivia / Austin, TX
Jesse Griffiths / Dai Due Supper Club / Austin, TX
Tim Byres / Smoke / Dallas, TX
Casey Thompson / Brownstone / Fort Worth, TX
Bowman Brown and Viet Pham / Forage / Salt Lake City, UT
Michael Richey / Pago / Salt Lake City, UT

NORTHWEST
Brian McCracken and Dana Tough / Spur / Seattle, WA
Justin Wills / Restaurant Beck (at Whale Cove Inn) / Depoe Bay, OR
Ben Bettinger/ Beaker & Flask / Portland, OR
Chris DiMinno / Clyde Common / Portland, OR
Gregory Gourdet / Departure / Portland, OR
Jake Martin / Fenouil / Portland, OR
Jenn Louis / Lincoln / Portland, OR
Blaine Wetzel / Five / Lummi Island, WA
Jason Franey / Canlis / Seattle, WA
Shaun McCrain / Book Bindery / Seattle, WA

NEW ENGLAND
Kara Brooks / Still River Café / Eastford, CT
Joel Viehland / Community Table / Washington, CT
Christopher Coombs / Deuxave / Boston, MA
Jamie Bissonnette / Coppa / Boston, MA
Joseph Margate / Clink / Boston, MA
Robert Sisca / Bistro du Midi / Boston, MA
Gerard Barbin / Sensing / Boston, MA
Jake Rojas / Tallulah on Thames / Newport, RI
Nemo Bolin / Cook & Brown Public House / Providence, RI

SOUTHEAST
Joshua Hopkins / Abbatoir / Atlanta, GA
Kevin Gillespie / Woodfire Grill / Atlanta, GA
Ryan Smith / Empire State South / Atlanta, GA
Steven Satterfield / Miller Union / Atlanta, GA
Billy Allin / Cakes & Ale / Decatur, GA
Bryan Emperor / Kalu / Charlotte, NC
Aaron Vandemark / Panciuto / Hillsborough, NC
Ryan Trimm / Sweet Grass / Memphis, TN
Tandy Wilson / City House / Nashville, TN
Joseph Lenn / The Barn at Blackberry Farm / Walland, TN

NEW YORK AREA
Carlo Mirarchi / Roberta’s / Brooklyn, NY
David Felton / Ninety Acres / Peapack-Gladstone, NJ
César Ramirez / Brooklyn Fare / Brooklyn, NY
Michael Ginor / Lola / Great Neck, NY
Dan Kluger / ABC Kitchen / New York, NY
George Mendes / Aldea / New York. NY
Emma Hearst / Sorella / New York, NY
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone / Torrisi Italian Specialties / New York, NY
Tien Ho / Má Pêche in the Chambers Hotel / New York, NY
Gabe Thompson / Dell’Anima / New York, NY

GREAT LAKES
Anthony Martin / Tru / Chicago, IL
Chris Pandel / The Bristol / Chicago, IL
Brian Huston / The Publican / Chicago, IL
Ryan Poli / Perennial / Chicago, IL
Stephanie Izard / The Girl & The Goat / Chicago, IL
Josh Adams / June / Peoria Heights, IL
Ivy Denman / Euphoria / Indianapolis, IN
Joseph George / Aerie Restaurant & Lounge / Acme, MI
Jose Salazar / The Palace / Cincinnati, OH
Michael Bulkowski / Revolver / Findlay, OH

MID-ATLANTIC
Nicholas Stefanelli / Bibiana / Washington, DC
David Guas / Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery / Arlington, VA
Daniel Giusti / 1789 / Washington, DC
Charles "Chip" Roman / Blackfish / Conshohocken, PA
David Gilberg / Koo Zee Doo / Philadelphia, PA
Jeff Michaud / Osteria / Philadelphia, PA
Pierre Calmels / Bibou / Philadelphia, PA
Justin Severino / Elements / Pittsburgh, PA
Sonja Finn / Dinette / Pittsburgh, PA
Kyle Bailey / Birch & Barley / Washington, DC

GULF COAST
James Lewis / Bettola / Birmingham, AL
Joe Wolfson / Ham and High / Montgomery, AL
Jeff McInnis / Gigi / Miami, FL
Tim Balloo / Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill / Miami, FL
Marco Ferraro / Wish / Miami Beach, FL
James Petrakis / The Ravenous Pig / Winter Park, FL
Aaron Burgau / Patois / New Orleans, LA
Joshua Smith / a Mano / New Orleans, LA
Michael Stoltzfus / Coquette / New Orleans, LA
Vishwesh Bhatt / Snackbar / Oxford, MS

· The People's Best New Chef [Food & Wine]
· The People's Best New Chef Voting [Eatocracy]
· All Food & Wine Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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