Portland beat the checkered kitchen pants off of other Northwest cities with five nominees for the "People's Best New Chef" award, sponsored by CNN and Food & Wine magazine. 

Top chefs from Departure (Gregory Gourdet), Beaker & Flask (Ben Bettinger), Clyde Common (Chris DiMinno)Lincoln (Jenn Louis) and Fenouil (Jake Martin) are competing to be named the country's best new chef (voter chosen) and to win a featured spot in the July issue of Food & Wine.

Vote for your favorite chef, and rest assured that we've already surpassed Seattle by sheer number of awesome chefs alone.