Who Is The Best Chef In Philadelphia?

BOP-2014_logo_FINALIt’s not even officially 2014 yet, but we’re already starting work on our Best Of Philly 2014 issue, which is due out in August. The reason? We’re running six months of polls–one a month, January through June–which will allow you to weigh in on and, ultimately, decide some of the heaviest categories in our lineup.

For January’s poll, we’re asking “Who Is The Best Chef In Philadelphia?” And the choices are extremely…multiple. Everyone from Peter Serpico, Michael Solomonov and Rich Landau to Scott Schroeder, Ben Puchowitz and Tim Spinner are represented. All told, we’ve got 20 chefs on the big board AND we’re allowing write-in votes this year.

So seriously, you should get over there and vote right now. You should tell everyone you know to get over there and vote right now. You should stand up for your favorite chef in town and announce your loyalty loudly and proudly.

But most importantly, just vote. Get over there and make democracy your bitch. The system doesn’t work any other way.

Vote For This Year’s Best Chef In Philly [Philly mag]

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  • no

    IRON CHEF Jose Garces isn’t even in the running, really? Did he not pay Phillymag enough to be inducted?

    • Suck it

      Does he cook? Yawn.

  • Rick

    No Mark Vetri? No Joncarl Lachman? What gives…..?

    • Food hack

      Where does he even work? Doesn’t he have chef’s everywhere who are nominated in his place?



  • snubbed

    Mike Stollenwerk snubbed also

  • mooseaka

    This list defies objective and subjective logic. Omitting perpetual HOF chefs like Garces and Vetri might work in a short list and spark debate about freshness of cuisine vs. expansion of a food empire, etc. etc., but their omission on this list of 20 chefs in lieu of the Elmi’s and Schroeder’s of the world (great chefs who I have nothing bad to say about, but come on!) is too glaring to give this a second thought. Either expand the list to 30 to include the mainstays (including the Chip Romans, Sabatinos, etc.), and make it scientific, or keep it tight and explain your voting criteria.

    Holy crap, I can’t believe I gave this so much thought already. There are editors at Phillymag.com all laughing at me right now for walking into this trap.

  • Sharon T

    Nineteen men and one woman? Wow.

    • Frank the Tank

      Not Foobooz’s fault; blame the industry.

      • Philly chef

        So Aimee Olexy of Talulas Garden isn’t worthy? Suck a dick Frank the wank

        • Mac

          She’s not a chef

  • RWC

    The fact that Chris Painter is at the top baffles me. Don’t get me wrong, il Pittore is really really good, but it is nowhere as refreshing as Amis and definitely overpriced for the quality you can get at Ulivo and (Vetri’s) Osteria.
    You can never take Philly Mag’s poll or ranking too seriously.

    • Chef

      Isn’t AMIS a French word.

  • Embarrassed for Philly

    I’m love stopping by the Tap Room for burgers and beers, but best Chef? Really? Seriously? You guys have finally lost what little credibility you had. Sure Schroeder can make a mean Cheesesteak, but so does the the guy at the corner food cart outside my office. Maybe you should nominate him next year.