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Cast Your Vote for The People’s Best New Chef

February 16, 2011

Food & Wine Magazine opened its polls today for The People’s Best New Chef. F&W names Americas genius up and coming chefs every year, but now they want to know what the rest of us think!  The winner of The 2011 People’s Best New Chef will be featured in F&W along side of the Best New Chef Awards (click here to see last year’s winners).

Voting will run from today, February 15-March 1 via an online poll on CNN’s food section, Eatocracy.  Voters can pick from a selection of 100 pre-selected chefs from across the nation (the chef needs to have run their own kitchens for 5 years or fewer).  One of the chefs included in theSoutheast region is a chef I had the opportunity to work for over the summer, Chef Bryan Emperor.  (You know who I will be casting my vote for!)

The chef with the most votes from each of the 10 regions will be named a finalist and the chef with the most votes overall will be named The 2011 People’s Best New Chef and win a feature in the July 2011 issue of Food & Wine. Winning the competition will certainly boost the publicity of the winning chef and attendance at their restaurant is bound to soar.  Talk about great PR!

Even before voting began today, many chefs in the running had been already spreading the word and encouraging their fans to vote via Twitter and Facebook.  F&W and Eatocracy further promoted the competition with ads on their websites as well as Social Networking sites.  Foodie bloggers and local, smaller news mediums have picked up the story and also begun spreading the word.

Cast your vote and view full profiles of all the talented chefs!

So…Who will you be voting for?  Who do you predict will win?

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