Three Philly guys are up for Food & Wine's 'best new chef'

Spence, Calmels, Styer

For the second year, Food & Wine has put its search for the People’s Best New Chef up to a popular vote.

Three guys from Philly - Brad Spence of Amis, Pierre Calmels of Bibou, and Lee Styer of Fond - are in the running.

Calmels was nominated last year, but Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barkley in Washington won the category. Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa in Boston was the overall winner.

The award honors talented up-and-comers who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer. The dining public will determine the People’s Best New Chef winner via online vote on, beginning today and continuing through March 11.

The field of 100 nominees includes 10 chefs in each of 10 regions across America. The chefs with the most votes in each of the regions will be named finalists. Of those 10 finalists, the one with the most votes overall will be named the People’s Best New Chef.

The People's Best New Chef finalists and winner will be revealed on March 12; the winner will also be featured in July 2012 issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs.

In the comments, indicate your guess for best chef among the three.