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!