Cassy Vires, Ben Poremba Up for Food & Wine's Best New Chef: Midwest

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Ben Poremba, center, at Olio. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Ben Poremba, center, at Olio. | Jennifer Silverberg

Every year, Food & Wine names ten chefs from across the country as the best up-and-comers in the culinary world. There are ten nominees from the Midwest region, and two of them are from right here in St. Louis.

See also: Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists

Cassy Vires, right, at Home Wine Kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Cassy Vires, right, at Home Wine Kitchen. | Jennifer Silverberg

Food & Wine says Vires, of Home Wine Kitchen, is amazing because "he channeled her love for throwing dinner parties for friends into a full-time career, serving delicious, inspired New American dishes." Poremba, of Elaia and Olio, on the other hand "ingeniously serves upscale and rustic interpretations of Mediterranean ingredients in side-by-side restaurants. And the food is delicious."

Other nominees from the Midwest include Ryan Brazeal of Kansas City, Thomas Hauck of Milwaukee and Dan Fox of Madison, Wisconsin. Check you the full list here and vote for Vires and Pormeba here. Voting ends March 31. Congrats guys!

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