Voting begins today for FOOD & WINE’s The People’s Best New Pastry Chef, selected by readers in an online poll.
Until February 14th at midnight, readers can visit foodandwine.com/the-peoples-pastry to select their favorite up-and-coming pastry chef from a list of 50 nominees in three regions: East, West and Central. Chicago contenders include Bryce Caron of Blackbird (pictured), Patrick Fahy of Café Des Architectes, Aya Fukai of Ria, Meg Galus of NoMI Kitchen, Sarah Jordan of GT Fish & Oyster. To join the conversation and promote your favorite pastry chef on Twitter use #peoplespastry.
“There is so much innovation in the pastry world right now, and we are excited to have the chance to celebrate it,” says FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Dana Cowin. “Our new pastry awards allow us to spotlight cooking pros who don’t generally get the same recognition as the executive chefs for whom they work.”
FOOD & WINE editors determined the 50 The People’s Best New Pastry Chef nominees with help from their national network of journalists, chefs and other trusted sources. Only professionals who have run a restaurant pastry kitchen for five years or fewer are eligible. There will be one finalist from each of the three regions; the person with the most votes will be named The People’s Best New Pastry Chef.
The finalists and the winner of The People’s Best New Pastry Chef award will be announced on foodandwine.com on February 15th. The winner will be profiled in the “Hungry Crowd” column of the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13, and will attend the 30th anniversary of the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 15-17, 2012.