We at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine wish to congratulate Natalie’s Restaurant Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconinck on his recent nomination for The 2011 People’s Best New Chef Award! Deconinck is the only nominee from Maine to compete for this New England regional title.
image: Irvin Serrano
This is a new award created by Food & Wine magazine in parternship with CNN’s Eatocracy. The premise is to highlight and honor 100 talented innovators who have been running their own kitchens for no more than five years. Restaurant patrons determine the winner of this national award through online voting.
Chef Deconinck, born and raised in Belgium, has been labeled “amazing because he uses his traditional Belgian pedigree to modernize French food.” His background includes an education at CERIA Culinary Academy in Brussels and work with such fine establishments as Café Boulud, Daniel, Bouley (New York City); Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris); L’Epicerie (Belgium).
Natalie’s Restaurant, the vital culinary heart of the Camden Harbour Inn, is run by Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest. From their website about their AAA four diamond award-winning restaurant, they have this to say about their Executive Chef:
“Our Award-winning Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconinck seeks out the harvest of Maine fishing boats, farms, and gardens and transforms these honest, unsullied ingredients into distinctively new presentations that reflect his imaginative interpretation of classic French cuisine with a modern twist.”
We are proud to support Chef Deconinck and encourage EVERYONE to scroll to the bottom of the following page link to VOTE NOW FOR CHEF GEOFF!
Congratulations to Raymond, Oscar, and Geoffroy on your well deserved achievements and honors!!
Melanie Hyatt is the editor of Maine Food & Lifestyle and the Plating Up blog.