Last month, news spread that Food & Wine was adding a new facet to their annual hunt for the best up and coming talent in the restaurant industry: a people's choice award for the best new pastry chef. Like the original Best New Chefs program, this addition will feature a group of editor-chosen chefs from across the country (between five and 10) and one pastry chef chosen by readers. To be nominated, a chef has to have been in charge of a kitchen for five years or less.
Here are the local nominees, with Baltimore included because, hey, he's still a favorite here in DC:
· Cicely Austin, The Oval Room
· Chris Ford, Wit & Wisdom (Baltimore)
Voting begins today and ends on the 14th, and the winners will be announced in May, two months before the announcement of the regular-edition Best New Chefs. Restaurateurs, it's time to rev up that Twitter campaign.
· Food & Wine Announces Best New Pastry Chefs Award [-E-]
· The People's Best New Pastry [F&W]