Food & Wine magazine announced its 2015 list of the nation's Best New Chefs, and it didn't include anyone from Louisiana. The last local chef to make the list was Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's (1728 Soniat St., 504-899-7397; www.gautreausrestaurant.com) in 2008. Past winners also include John Harris of Lilette (3637 Magazine St., 504-895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com), Ian Schnoebelen of Mariza (2900 Chartres St., 504-598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com), Susan Spicer of Bayona (430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455; www.bayona.com), John Besh (www.chefjohnbesh.com) and others.
Food & Wine also posted a web poll to see who readers' regional favorites are. New Orleans is in the Gulf Coast region, which stretches to include Puerto Rico, and nominees include Michael Doyle of Maurepas Foods (3200 Burgundy St., 504-267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com), Kristen Essig of Meauxbar (942 N. Rampart St., 504-569-9979; www.meauxbar.com), Juan Carlos Gonzalez of SoBou (310 Chartres St., 504-552-4095; www.sobounola.com), Michael Gulotta of MoPho (514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845; www.mophonola.com), Phillip Lopez of Root (200 Julia St., 504-252-9480; www.rootnola.com) and Square Root (1800 Magazine St., 504-309-7800; www.squarerootnola.com) and Ryan Prewitt of Peche (800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com). If the local chefs split the local vote, that opens up opportunities for Cory Bahr of Cotton in Monroe, Louisiana, Deme Lomas of Niu Kitchen in Miami, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly in Miami Beach and Jose Santaella of Santaella in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Voting is open through April 8 at www.foodandwine.com.