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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For the past three years, Chef Cory Bahr has been singing the praises of North Delta Cuisine in the confident repertoire of dishes at his warm and welcoming Restaurant Cotton, and at the most recent addition to Monroe, Louisiana - Nonna, a rustic Italian establishment that is solidifying his long-standing presence in his beloved city. And the proof of Cory's talent is in the pudding, as he is up for a much-deserved recognition by FOOD & WINE Magazine as a finalist for "The People's Best New Chef"2014.

FOOD & WINE has just opened the polls, inviting the dining public to determine the winner from among its selected up-and-coming innovators in the kitchen. The field of nominees for "The People's Best New Chef" includes 10 chefs from 10 regions, all talented relative-newcomers who have run their own kitchens for up to five years. Cory proudly represents Monroe, Louisiana in the "Gulf Coast" region, a fitting position as he has been a proponent for Gulf Coast seafood since holding the winning title of "King of Louisiana Seafood" in 2011. Voting will take place for one week only – March 24-31, 2014 at http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/03/24/the-peoples-best-new-chef-gulf-coast-chefs

With a considerable appetite for Monroe, Louisiana's culture and cuisine, Bahr is loyal to the farmers and purveyors of the region that contribute to his style of cooking - presenting honest dishes with a strong sense of place. Along with his buddies, the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame, Bahr is deeply involved in Monroe's Downtown Association, and his restaurants are a cornerstone of the town's recent economic revival. Bahr, a 2012 Food Network's Chopped! champion, and a "Chef to Watch" by Louisiana Cookin' Magazine, presents beautifully executed plates with a focus on the past, but with all the innovation and inspiration of the 21st century - honoring everything that's important in his South: charming community, celebrated culture, and culinary heritage.

You can vote by visiting this link (note: link may not work on mobile site).

VOTE: http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/03/24/the-peoples-best-new-chef-gulf-coast-chefs

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