To anyone who has complained about the lack of recognition of the Houston culinary scene on a national level, it's time to be a part of the solution.
Nightline is looking for submissions of America's favorite chefs with the final selections to be featured on the show's 'Platelist' series. With household names like Todd English, Lidia Bastianich, Wylie Dufresne and Nobu Matsuhita earning features, it would be quite the culinary coup.
All you have to do is write up 500 words on your favorite chef, his or her cuisine of expertise and signature dish. But don't marinate on this one too long — entries are due by July 23.
But who to pick? We like to think there are three main categories of entrants:
- The Critically Acclaimed Chef: Someone who's already earned some national ink, maybe a James Beard nom or attention from a national culinary magazine. Pros — Considering the recent list, it might make a Houston selection more likely. Cons — With so many great chefs in town, seems unfair to nominate the ones that are already recognized. Popular candidates: Monica Pope, Bryan Caswell, and Robert Del Grande.
- Local Chef Made Good: Local standouts who have earned their stripes in Houston but still under the radar outside of town. Pros — Could be the push that takes a great chef to the next level. Cons — Without name recognition, we might get beat by, say, Dallas. Popular candidates: Hugo Ortega, Marco Wiles, Anita Jaisanghani, Chris Shepherd.
- Big Personality: While we aren't saying these chefs are any less talented than the others, this is television and someone with charisma would definetely have an edge. Cons: Could become the next Guy Fieri. Popular candidates: Jonathan Jones, Marcus Davis, Philippe Schmidt (if only his new restaurant was open).