It's called The People's Best New Chef 2011, and our own Tandy Wilson, chef-owner of City House, is the one Nashvillian out of 10 nominees from the Southeast. Go here to vote.
Here's how F&W describes the contest:
In each of the 10 designated regions of the country, you — yes, YOU — may vote for the chef whose restaurant has most significantly stirred your soul and your palate. The winner of the The People's Best New Chef 2011 will be the subject of a profile in the July issue of Food & Wine and will no doubt hold you in tremendous gratitude and esteem until the end of time.
They also add this plea: "We would greatly prefer that you only vote for chefs whose restaurants you've actually visited, so the 'chef' part of The People's Best New Chef 2011 really holds true."
Um, yes. I would have assumed that people would only vote for a chef whose food they've actually tasted, but maybe I'm naive.
The site includes an interesting nugget for each nominee. The blurb for Wilson cites his volunteer work: "Wilson coordinated the feeding of victims of Nashville’s flood last year and worked with local chefs to raise funds with charity dinners."
Two other Tennessee chefs made the grade: Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., and Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass in Memphis.
The other Southeast nominees: Joshua Hopkins of Abbatoir in Atlanta; Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill in Atlanta; Ryan Smith of Empire State South in Atlanta; Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta; Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale in Decatur, Ga.; Bryan Emperor of Kalu in Charlotte, N.C.; Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough, N.C.