Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chefs of 2011

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Washingtonians should feel a swell of pride: four DC chefs are represented in Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chefs list.

Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Daniel Giusti of 1789, David Guas of Bayou Bakery and Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana are all nominated in the Mid-Atlantic region. While I would argue that these chefs are hardly “new,” since they’ve all received previous accolades, it’s still great to see them all nominated, repping DC.

The way the contest works is you get to pick the winner by voting online. I’ll be sorely disappointed if we get beaten by someone in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, so go vote now. Voting runs until March 1, 2011.

Congratulations to the chefs!

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at)

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