LAHAINA - Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle and Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop has been nominated in Food & Wine Magazine's "People's Best New Chef."
Simeon is the only nominee representing the State of Hawaii in the Northwest and Pacific Region. Food & Wine invites the dining public to vote online for "The People's Best New Chef," now in its second year.
The award - an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs program - honors talented, up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.
Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in West Maui is in the running for Food & Wine Magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef.”
The online voting runs through March 11 at foodandwine.com/peoples-bnc.
The field of 100 nominees for "The People's Best New Chef" award includes ten chefs in each of ten regions across America. The chefs with the most votes in each of the regions will be named finalists.
Of those ten finalists, the one with the most votes overall will be named "The People's Best New Chef." The finalists and winner will be revealed on March 12.
The winner will also be featured in the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine.
"After last year's successful debut, we're thrilled to again give the dining public a chance to help their favorite chef become 'The People's Best New Chef,' " said Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin.