Excitement: Food & Wine has revealed nominations for the People’s Best New Chef 2012 - New England. Naturally, we're very psyched that Clink's Joseph Margate, Bistro du Midi's Robert Sisca, and Catalyst's William Kovel got nods. But, well, a couple states might feel a bit left out right now.
Also nominated: Joel Viehland of Community Table in Connecticut; Bjorn Somlo of the very awesome Nudel in the Berkshires (they make an intense carrot soup!); Jake Rojas of Tallulah on the Thames and Nemo Bolin of Cook & Brown, both in Rhode Island; and, finally, Geoffroy Deconinck of Natalie's and Amanda Hallowell of Nebo Lodge, both in Maine.
Nary a restaurant in New Hampshire nor Vermont show up on the roster. Which leads us to wonder: Are there any up-and-comers in New Hampshire and Vermont? You have until March 11 to vote. Let us know if you think anybody new and amazing up north should've been nominated and wasn't.
Best New Chef New England [F&W;]