Food & Wine magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" competition
. Our three St. Louis competitors -- Anthony Devoti
of Five Bistro
, Josh Galliano
and Kevin Willmann
-- need your help to pull off a last-minute miracle.
As of 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Lee Richardson of Ashley's at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock is pulling away from the pack in the Midwest category with just over 38% of all votes. Erik Anderson of Sea Change in Minneapolis is second with about 30%. Galliano is a distant third at 7.36%, while both Devoti and Willmann are under 3%.
Fears that having three contestants would harm St. Louis' chances because the three would split the vote seem to be unfounded: the vote total of all three combined would still be well short of the lead. Click here to vote in the Midwest category of the "People's Best New Chef" competition.
The full results, again as of 2:30 p.m. today, are after the jump.
Voting ends tomorrow for