Vote for Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant, nominated for

FOOD & WINE’s – 2013 People’s Best New Chef (GULF COAST REGION)

You may recall, he was nominated last year as well and almost pulled it off against the heavy hitters from Miami and New Orleans.

Being that Cress is almost 5 years old, this is his final year of eligibility for this honour.

VOTING PERIOD: 10 am ET, Monday, March 11 through 5 pm ET, Monday, March 18th


New York, NY (March 11, 2013) – Today FOOD & WINE invites the dining public to select The People’s Best New Chef®, a program now in its third 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. Restaurants’ devotees will determine The People’s Best New Chef® winner via online vote on beginning today and continuing through March 18.

The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef® award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist and the finalist 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 19 online at; the winner will also be featured in the July 2013 issue of FOOD & WINE, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs. (Note: Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef®award remain eligible for a Best New Chef award.)

“Over the past two years we have seen an overwhelming enthusiasm from loyal followers campaigning for their favorite chefs to become The People’s Best New Chef®,” says FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Dana Cowin. “I am ecstatic to continue this program and see these chefs receive this much deserved recognition from their patrons.”

To learn about the 100 chefs eligible for The People’s Best New Chef® award, go to Or follow the conversation on Twitter using #peoplesbnc.