Bainbridge Island’s Brendan McGill beat out chefs from around the nation Tuesday to win the title of “The People’s Best New Chef” from Food & Wine Magazine. McGill is the owner of Hitchcock restaurant on Winslow Way and the accompanying charcuterie and deli.
The Food & Wine competition featured chefs from 10 regions across the United States. Online voting was open March 11-18.
In his Q&A for the contest, McGill credited local farmers with shaping his cooking style:
“The farmers really drive the menu. I just buy what they give me… It’s of the moment.” Truly, though, “This is more like what Jacques Pépin’s mom did than some kind of revolution.”
We featured Hitchcock in the Islander in 2011. You can read the story below: