Ben Edgerton and the teams at Contigo and Gardner are pleased to announce that executive chef/partner Andrew Wiseheart has been nominated for FOOD & WINE® Magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef® award. The award, an extension of the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs award, spotlights innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or less. The People’s Best New Chef winner will be determined via online voting on beginning today at 10:00 a.m. EDT and continuing through 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.


The 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef include 10 chefs in 10 regions across the US. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef. The People’s Best New Chef finalists and winner will be revealed on April 9 online; the winner will also be featured in the July 2015 issue of FOOD & WINE.  (Note: Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef® award are eligible for the Best New Chef award.)


AndrewAndrew Wiseheart, a native of San Angelo, Texas, is co-owner and executive chef at Contigo and Gardner in Austin. With experience in the kitchens of acclaimed restaurants in America and abroad, Wiseheart’s extensive travels have contributed to the authentic character showcased on the menus nightly at both restaurants. Wiseheart’s cooking reflects techniques and flavors accumulated throughout his travels, as well as his Texas roots. This style is reflected in the chef’s most recent collaboration with Edgerton: Gardner, a vegetable-focused restaurant named after Wiseheart’s father that opened in East Austin fall 2014.

For more information on Contigo (2027 Anchor Lane, Austin) or Gardner (1914 E 6th Street, Austin) and Chef Andrew Wiseheart can be followed on Twitter and Instagram @awiseheart. Gardner is @gardner_atx on Twitter and Instagram, and Contigo is @contigoaustin.


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