Since seven of the remaining ten nominees cook in Texas — four in Austin alone — your vote could help propel a Denver chef to victory. After all, we wouldn't want to see a Texan win, would we? Cast your vote on the Food & Wine website, where you can also read the chef bios. The voting opens today and goes through 3 p.m. Denver time on April 8.
Each of the ten regions have ten finalists; the top vote-getter will be named People's Best New Chef for the entire country.The winner will be announced on April 9 and will be featured in the magazine's July issue. The people's choice winner will also be eligible to become Food & Wine's Best New Chef for 2015.
Lower48 won our Best New Restaurant award in 2014, thanks to Figura's menu featuring an inventive and ever-changing list of small plates that nonchalantly walks the line between simple plating that highlights seasonal ingredients and high-tech artistry that surprises with unique texture and flavor combinations. Redzikowski won our Best Chef award this year for the combination of elegance and playfulness he coaxes from wood-fired oven at both of his restaurants. The two chefscollaborated on a dinner at Lower48 for Art Culinaire magazine last month.