Sonia Finn from Dinette in Pittsburgh is up for Best new Chef for Food and Wine Magazine. Please vote for Sonia. She has something really great going on in East Liberty. If you haven't tried Dinette, I would recommend giving it a shot.
As big an impact as the BNCs have had on American cuisine, for the chefs themselves, the award was both an acknowledgement of their craft and a catalyst for more success, starting with the very first class.