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Cooking Light Opens Fan Voting for Best Neighborhood Chef

                                AS PART OF 2013 TRAILBLAZING CHEF AWARDS

NEW YORK, June 17, 2013—Cooking Light today announced the finalists for the Best Neighborhood Chef category as part of its third-annual Trailblazing Chef Awards.  This year’s Best Neighborhood Chef lets consumers vote for one of 10 regional finalists as their favorite local chef.  The finalists, selected by Cooking Light editors, are truly in and of their neighborhoods.  Each of their restaurants is a community hub that celebrate locale through outreach and great food.  The winning chef will be included in the “Trailblazing Chef Awards” feature in the November 2013 issue of Cooking Light and on

As food becomes so important in American culture—and as restaurants push into neighborhoods that in some cases have been deprived of good dining for a long time—the neighborhood restaurant becomes even more important than it always has been,” says Cooking Light Editor Scott Mowbray. “The neighborhood restaurant is, in fact, an important part of the health of a community—and that’s why we’re so excited about this category. This award recognizes a restaurant that can be new or generations old. Either way, neighborhood values—along with outstanding food—will determine the winner.”

List of finalists as selected by Cooking Light editors:

·         Ned and Jodi Elliott; Foreign & Domestic, Austin, TX

·         Melissa Martin; Café Hope, New Orleans, LA

·         John Gorham; Tasty n Sons, Portland, OR

·         Sohui Kim; The Good Fork, Brooklyn, NY

·         Jason Fox; Commonwealth, San Francisco, CA

·         Jason Hammel; Lula Café, Chicago, IL

·         Matt and Kate Jennings; Farmstead, Providence, RI

·         Bill Smith; Crooks Corner, Carborough, NC

·         David Bracha; The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, Miami, FL

·         Joel Mahr; Lot 2, Omaha, NE

Voting for this year’s Best Neighborhood Chef begins on Cooking Light’s Facebook page on June 17 and goes through July 1:

The 2013 Trailblazing Chef Awards, chosen by Cooking Light editors, will again recognize chefs who are setting the pace for important trends in American restaurants in such categories as authenticity, innovation and more.  Meet the 2012 and 2011 classes of Cooking Light’s Trailblazing Chefs; all chefs who were recognized for changing the culinary landscape nationwide.


About Cooking Light
Cooking Light is the nation’s leading epicurean magazine brand with the largest audience and most epicurean editorial.  It is the only epicurean brand positioned where great food meets good health. Cooking Light received two James Beard Foundation 2013 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards.  The brand delivers innovative recipes, nutrition advice, and resources to live a healthful lifestyle via its magazine, website, and portfolio of cookbooks; across all tablets; through the highly-acclaimed Cooking Light Quick & Healthy Menu Maker app; and on social media platforms, including Facebook (, Twitter (@Cooking_Light), Pinterest (, Instagram (@cookinglight), and Google+ (  Cooking Light is part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, a division of Time Inc., the largest magazine media company in the U.S.

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Monday, June 17, 2013