Do you know a chef who is a leader in the foodservice industry? An inspiration and mentor to others? An innovator in cuisine, techniques, management style and dish applications? A steward of community tenets?

Then nominate that chef for Chef Magazine's 2009 Chef of the Year!

Fill out the form online. Or if you prefer a PDF that you can print off and fill out by hand, e-mail, then send your materials to Chef of the Year, Chef Magazine, 20 W. Kinzie St., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60654, by Aug. 31. The finalists will be announced in the November/December issue of Chef, and the winner will be profiled in the January 2010 issue. Chef Magazine will also make a $500 donation to the winner's charity of choice.
In the first Creole tomato auction since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, New Orleans restaurant group Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group (Bacco, Red Fish Grill, Ralph's on the Park) won the first batch of Creole tomatoes of the season, brought into the New Orleans French Market by A.J's Produce from a farmer in lower St. Bernard Parish.

Out of five chefs participating in the auction, Ralph Brennan Group won a 10-pound lot of 18 tomatoes, which was used in a Creole Tomato, Grilled Vidalia and Crawfish Saffron Salsa dish at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting on May 22. The restaurant group paid $1,800 for the tomatoes, which went directly to Children's Hospital as a donation. This auction reinstates a decades-long tradition of benefiting Children's Hospital, which was discontinued after Katrina.