Food & Wine magazine’s 13-year-running Best New Chef competition has a new category this year aimed at getting the people’s choice. A “People’s Best New Chef” competition is open where patrons can vote for their favorite chefs. The magazine nominated ten chefs per each of ten regions of the country, with four Philly chefs making the cut in the Mid-Atlantic region. The nominees are Charles “Chip” Roman, David Gilberg, Jeff Michaud and Pierre Calmels.
Roman is the chef and owner of Blackfish, a seafood-focused restaurant in Conshohocken. Roman also runs Charles Roman Catering and is an adjunct professor at Drexel. Blackfish was recently named one of the top 50 best restaurants by PhillyMag. David Gilberg and his wife, Carla GonÃ§alves, run Koo Zee Doo, the well-regarded Portuguese BYOB restaurant in Northern Liberties. Jeff Michaud’s Osteria gets some of their menu inspiration from his wife’s Italian Grandmother. And Pierre Calmels’ Bibou is an authentic French restaurant; Calmels even made an appearance as a guest-chef at Roman’s Blackfish late last year. There are also two Pittsburgh chefs in the competition, Justin Severino and Sonja Finn. The winner of the competition will be announced on March 2nd and will be the subject of a profile in Food & Wine‘s July issue.
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