The results are in for Food & Wine magazine's "The People's Best New Chefs" awards, and Ricardo Zarate has won for the Pacific region. Congratulations, chef. Hope you're back from Peru for the party.
Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa in Boston is the overall winner. Zarate and the other finalists will be featured in the July 2011 issue of Food & Wine. (Turn the page for the list.) Among the chefs Zarate beat out in the regional category were three from Los Angeles: Josef Centeno (Lazy Ox Canteen), Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen), and Jamie Lauren (Beechwood). This year marks the first year in which the magazine opened up the voting to the rest of us.
New England: Jamie Bissonnette (Overall Winner): Coppa, Boston, MA
Pacific: Ricardo Zarate: Mo-Chica, Los Angeles, CA
Midwest: Lee Richardson: Ashley's at the Capital Hotel, Little Rock, AR
Southwest: Tim Byres: Smoke, Dallas, TX
Northwest: Jason Franey: Canlis, Seattle, WA
Southeast: Bryan Emperor: Kalu, Charlotte, NC
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New York Area: David Felton: Ninety Acres, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ
Great Lakes: Jose Salazar: The Palace, Cincinnati, OH
Mid-Atlantic: Kyle Bailey: Birch & Barley, Washington, DC
Gulf Coast: James Lewis: Bettola, Birmingham, AL