Marquee Grill chef Tre Wilcox splashes the headlines again, this time in Food & Wine with their annual Best New Chef contest. Voting has begun as readers choose their chef favorites online. Other regional favorites include Tim Byres from Smoke and Paul Qui from Austin’s Uchiko and winner of this season’s Top Chef.
The award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs program, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.
The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award includes 10 chefs in each of 10 regions across America. The chefs with the most votes in each of the regions will be named finalists. Of those 10 finalists, the one with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef. The People’s Best New Chef finalists and winner will be revealed on March 12; the winner will also be featured in July 2012 issue of FOOD & WINE, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs.