Gregory Gourdet from Departure Restaurant, Jake Martin of Fenouil, Chris DiMinno of Clyde Common and Ben Bettinger from Beaker and Flask, and Jenn Louis have been chosen as candidates for a new award created by CNN Eatocracy and Food & Wine magazine. “The People’s Best New Chef” is an expansion of the publication’s highly esteemed Best New Chef award. There are ten nominees in the Northwest region, all noted chefs who have run their restaurants for five years or fewer. Ten chefs in ten U.S. regions are considered for the award.
The chef with the most votes will be named The 2011 People’s Best New Chef on March 2nd and featured in the July 2011 issue of Food & Wine alongside the winners of this year’s Best New Chef awards.