Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef” Nominations

Another day, another “Best New Chef” contest. At least this time, we, the lowly public gets to vote.

The newest nominees are by Food & Wine magazine –

At F&W, we name America’s 10 most brilliant up-and-coming chefs every year. Now we want to know who you think is the most talented new chef in America.

F&W has made it easy for us, but reducing the possibilities to just a few choices. The Portland semi-finalists are:

Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton – OX Restaurant

Why They’re Amazing Because they’re giving true credence to the term “grill masters” at their meat-focused Argentinean restaurant, where they even char the radicchio for their updated Caesar salad.

Chris DiMinno – Clyde Common

Why He’s Amazing Because his terrific, adventurous cuisine marries farm-to-table cooking with the trendy vibe of one of Portland’s hottest bars. [FD - "hottest bars"? Cutting edge research!]

Sunny Jin – Jory, Newberg, OR

Why He’s Amazing Because he’s enriching the Willamette Valley’s culinary scene by pairing his exceptional dishes with the region’s inspiring wines.

Ken Norris – Riffle NW, Portland

Why He’s Amazing Because as a skilled and innovative chef with a fierce dedication to sustainability, he’s the answer to fish-lovers’ dreams in the Northwest.

Sarah Pliner – Aviary, Portland

Why She’s Amazing Because she’s injecting fun and creativity into Portland’s already successful farm-to-table model. Her unexpected yet winning ingredient combinations include fried chicken skin, bitter greens, watermelon and baba ganoush.

Johanna Ware – Smallwares, Portland

Why She’s Amazing Because she’s shaking up the Portland food scene with her fiery, Asian-accented small plates.

There is a lot more information on each chef and why they were nominated in the article. Here is where you go read the rest and to vote!

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