Get ready to vote, Indianapolis.
Food & Wine magazine has released its annual list of People’s Choice Best New Chef nominees, and Indianapolis has two chefs on the list.
Carlos Salazar, chef/co-owner at Rook, and Micah Frank, chef/co-owner at Black Market, are among 10 chefs in the Great Lakes region to make the list of nominees for the People’s Choice award. This is Salazar’s first time on the list. Frank also made the list in 2012 and 2013; local chef Ivy Denman, now of Petite Chou in Broad Ripple, was a nominee in 2011 while at Euphoria.
The People’s Choice award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs program that is determined by the magazine’s editors, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer. The dining public will choose The People’s Best New Chef winner via online vote here beginning today and continuing through 5 p.m. on March 31.
“I’m overwhelmed, surprised and honored that I’m even in the same category as all these other chefs,” said Salazar, in the release announcing the list.
Restaurateur Ed Rudisell, an owner at both Rook and Black Market, said he’s not surprised that Salazar and Frank are on Food & Wine’s radar. “They’re both amazing people and talented chefs,” he said in the release. “I’m lucky to be able to spend so much time with them both every day.”
The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Choice Best New Chef includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Choice Best New Chef. The finalists and winner will be revealed on April 2 online at foodandwine.com. The winner will be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles The Best New Chefs that are chosen by the magazine’s editors.
For more info on all the People’s Choice nominees, go to Food and Wine online.
— Jolene Ketzenberger