Brazeal, Ryan, Thorne-Thomsen nominated for Food & Wine contest

Three of Kansas City’s more high-profile chefs – Ryan Brazeal of Novel, Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story, and Port Fonda’s Patrick Ryan –  have been nominated for Food & Wine‘s “People’s Best New Chef 2014” in the Midwest region category. Two of the three chefs, Ryan and Thorne-Thomsen, have been nominated before; Thorne-Thomsen won the award last year.

The “People’s Choice” awards are given to the chefs in each regional category who garner the most online votes (you can vote for your choice by clicking here). Ryan, Thorne-Thomsen and relatively new restaurateur Ryan Brazeal – he opened the distinctive Novel restaurant eight months ago – are among the 10 Midwest-area chefs (two from the St. Louis metro; two from Madison, Wisconsin; two from Minneapolis; and one from Milwaukee) who were nominated. Online voting continues through March 31.

Thorne-Thomsen says last year’s recognition did bring new business to Story. “And it’s always great to get your restaurant’s name out there. The fact that it’s a People’s Choice Award reaffirms that we’re doing the best work we can.”

“Anytime you’re lucky enough to be nominated for your work, it’s a nice recognition,” Patrick Ryan says. 

“I’ve worked with two kinds of chefs over the years,” Ryan says. “There are chef-owners who are completely focused on running their restaurants like a business. If they get attention for their work, they feel it helps the business. The other kind of chef is less business-oriented. They really, really want to be on TV. I fall into the former category. I’d rather run a successful business. If being nominated for this award – and it is an honor to be nominated – helps bring attention to my business, that’s a big deal.”

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