A few area chefs might need to go suit shopping. Port Fonda's Patrick Ryan and Story's Carl Thorne-Thomsen are two of the nominees for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef: Midwest
. Voting begins today in the 10 regions (each of which has 10 nominated chefs) around the country. At the close of voting on Monday, March 18, regional winners and an overall winner (the top vote getter) will be announced. This is the crowd-sourced version of the annual list of the country's top new chefs released by F+W. In the early hours of the online poll, Thorne-Thomsen and Ryan were second and third, respectively, in the Midwest.
Thorne-Thomsen is also a semifinalist (along with Colby Garrelts and Martin Heuser) in Best Chef: Midwest category of the James Beard Awards. Ryan, fresh off a mention in The New York Times, has been busy with the recent launch of brunch and lunch at his Westport restaurant.