In case you missed the news yesterday, we the people can vote for Woodfire Grill Executive Chef/Co-owner and "Top Chef" contestant Kevin Gillespie during Food & Wine's "The People's Best New Chef" competition! The newly established contest is an offshoot of Food & Wine's "Best New Chef" title, an honor given annually to the country's most promising up-and-coming chefs who have run their own kitchens for five years or less.
On February 15, the magazine announced the 100 nominees for the "People's" version of this honor on eatocracy.com/foodandwine. The contest divides the nation into 10 regions with 10 nominees per region. Anyone can vote, and voters may cast one vote per region. The chef receiving the most votes in a region will be that region's finalist; the chef receiving the most votes overall will win the title of "The People's Best New Chef 2011," and their bio will be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine.
Voting ends on March 1; Food & Wine will announce the winner of "The People's Best New Chef" award on March 2 and "The 10 Best New Chefs" in early April. Look for the announcement on the Food & Wine website, Facebook as well as via Twitter.