Food & Wine magazine released their annual The People’s Best New Chef ballots this morning, and an impressive number of Texas chefs are featured in the virtual competition.
Justin Yu of Oxheart (Houston), Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass & Provisions (Houston), Matt Clouser of Swift’s Attic (Austin), Omar Flores of Driftwood and Casa Rubia (Dallas), Matt McCallister of FT33 (Dallas), Paul Qui of qui (Austin), Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo (Austin), and Brian Zenner of Belly & Trumpet (Dallas) are the nine Texas chefs up for The People’s Best New Chef award in the Southwest region. Yu was also recently named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards’ Best Chef Southwest.
This year’s online awards honors 100 up-and-coming chefs from 10 regions across the U.S. who’ve managed their own kitchens for five years or less. Instead of leaving it up to seasoned magazine editors and celebrated food critics to choose the winners, The People’s Best New Chef relies on consumers to vote online for their personal favorites. Following the preliminary voting stage, the ten regional winners will then move on to the final round where they will compete for the honor of The People’s Best New Chef.
Starting today through Monday, March 31, individuals can vote on the Food & Wine website for their favorite regional chefs. The People’s Best New Chef ten finalists and overall champion will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 2.
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