Food & Wine has opened the voting for The People's Best New Chef, where readers select from 100 of the country's "brilliant up-and-coming chefs." There are 10 nominees from 10 different regions. The list will be whittled down to 10 winners. Voting closes on March 31. Three Maine chefs are nominated in the New England region: Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan in Brunswick (who also has a Portland dumpling restaurant in the works) and Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley of Hugo's and Eventide Oyster Co.. The duo was also nominated last year.
On Stadler, F&W says, "Why She's Amazing: Because at age 26, having already cooked for years in Europe and the Far East, she's opened an insanely good Asian-inspired small-plates restaurant in coastal Maine."
On Wiley and Taylor: "Why They're Amazing: Because their restaurants combine the best of old-school Maine oyster bars with updates like cleverly flavored sauces (kimchi ice) and fried oysters served in steamed buns, Korean style."
· The People's Best New Chef: New England Contenders [Food & Wine]