Concerning Lackey, the magazine says:
"Why He's Amazing: Because at age 28, he already has combined his farm-kid background with degrees from two culinary institutions to become a champion in the South's local-ingredient movement."
"Why He's Amazing: Because his European upbringing and hours logged at some of America's top restaurants are reflected in his rustic Mediterranean food — especially his terrific house-made pastas."
The winner of this honor will be decided by popular vote on the magazine's website. Last year Lackey and Roderick Bailey of The Silly Goose were nominated, and Bailey won, indicating we Nashvillians can click a poll with gusto.
And we're getting used to having Nashville chefs among the nominees. Tandy Wilson of City House and Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger of The Catbird Seat were nominated in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
The voting begins today and finishes up Monday, March 31. The magazine says it allows one vote per IP address per region, so vote now, then tell all your friends.