Chef Magazine will recognize five chefs who have distinguished themselves in the advancement of the culinary arts, beverage and foodservice community. Among them will be chosen a Chef of the Year for 2011 by the magazine’s editorial team and advisory board. He or she will be profiled in the January 2012 edition of Chef Magazine.

Nominees will be evaluated on their demonstration of accomplished and exemplary service to the foodservice industry through leadership; inspiration and mentorship of others; innovation of cuisine, techniques, management style and dish applications; stewardship of community tenets; advancement and reputation in the culinary field; and menu and restaurant development.

Nominations are open to executive chefs, chefs de cuisine, sous chefs and pastry chefs currently working in the United States and the Caribbean within the 2011 calendar year. All Chef of the Year nomination forms must be received by October 28, 2011. To download the nomination form, visit