As reported yesterday, Food & Wine magazine's new People's Best New Chef award revealed its list of 100 nominees this morning, and Portland pretty much rocked the Pacific Northwest category, claiming five of the 10 spots (suck it, Seattle!).
Representing: Chris DiMinno (Clyde Common), Greg Gourdet (Departure), Jake Martin (Fenouil), Jenn Louis (Lincoln), and Ben Bettinger (Beaker & Flask). (And Oregon also grabbed one non-PDX representative: Justin Wills, of Depoe Bay's Restaurant Beck at Whale Cove Inn.)
Voting goes on at CNN's Eatocracy blog until March 1, and Eater National notes: "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." Exciting! Click through to EN for the complete list of 100.
· The 100 Nominees for F&W's People's Best New Chef [-E-]