who will be voted the best new chef 2012

Food & Wine announces that voting has begun for The People’s Best New Chef 2012. Chef Christopher Edwards, of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, is in the running.

Lovettsville, VA (March 5, 2012) –- Today FOOD & WINE invites the dining public to select The People’s Best New Chef, a program now in its second year. 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 dining public will determine The People’s Best New Chef winner via online vote beginning today and continuing through March 11.

Beverly Morton Billand, owner of Patowmack Farm, is thrilled to announce the recognition for her Executive Chef Christopher Edwards. “Chris has been such a wonderful advocate of my vision for Patowmack Farm creating local, organic, seasonal menus for our guests. I’m so thrilled to see this National recognition and invite all of our guests to honor him with their vote, said Morton Billand.

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. (Note: Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award remain eligible for a Best New Chef award.)

“After last year’s successful debut, we’re thrilled to again give the dining public a chance to help their favorite chef become The People’s Best New Chef,” says FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Dana Cowin.

Learn about the 100 chefs eligible for The People’s Best New Chef award. Or follow the conversation on Twitter using #peoplesbnc.

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