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The Foodie's Choice: Three Houston restaurant masters up for Best New Chef awards

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My Table Houston Culinary Awards October 2013 The Pass & Provisions Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan
Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan probably won't win an online contest against Paul Qui, but they do have a stylish My Table award.  Photo by Kim Coffman
Oxheart, Justin Yu, Karen Man
Justin Yu, left, is another Houston nominee.  Courtesy of Paul Sedillo Photography
Food & Wine magazine Best New Chefs with Chris Shepherd
Last year, Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd earned a Best New Chef designation from Food & Wine's editors.  Food & Wine/Facebook
Food & Wine People's Best New Chef 2014
Voting in The People's Best New Chef competition runs through March 31. Food & Wine/Facebook
My Table Houston Culinary Awards October 2013 The Pass & Provisions Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan
Oxheart, Justin Yu, Karen Man
Food & Wine magazine Best New Chefs with Chris Shepherd
Food & Wine People's Best New Chef 2014

Once again Food & Wine magazine wants to know who its readers think deserve the title of The People's Best New Chef in 10 regions across America. In the Southwest category, chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan are nominees for their work at The Pass & Provisions, and Oxheart's Justin Yu can add that consideration to his recent nomination as a James Beard Award finalist.

The magazine praises Siegel-Gardner and Gallivan for "turning out tasty, thoughtful American food in two restaurants (one rustic, one refined) under a single roof." Yu earned his nod "because he's leaving Texans speechless with his delicious, artistic renderings of vegetables."

Austin chefs Mat Clouser, Paul Qui and Andrew Wiseheart and Dallas chefs Omar Flores, Matt McAllister and Brian Zenner are also nominees. As Yu pointed out on Twitter, expect Qui, the Top Chef champion and James Beard winner, to run away with the online contest (unless Houstonians get really motivated?) The 10 regional winners will compete head to head in a final vote to crown The People's Best New Chef.    

Last year, the magazine nominated five Houston chefs, including Roost's Kevin Naderi and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly. Shepherd would go on to earn a Best New Chef designation from the magazine's editors, which is separate from (and more prestigious than) the online vote. 

Voting runs through March 31. 

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