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Next Top Chef

Next Top Chef
December 2010

Craig Deihl, Cypress: Ken Vedrinski, Trattoria Lucca; Michelle Weaver,
Charleston Grill

Considering that Charleston has taken the title of James Beard Best Chef: Southeast for three years running—Hominy Grill’s Robert Stehling in 2008, FIG’s Mike Lata in 2009, and current BC:S Sean Brock of McCrady’s—we have to wonder: can we take a fourth? With two 2010 semifinalists—Craig Deihl and Ken Vedrinski—more than on their game and Michelle Weaver also turning out stellar dishes, Charleston surely is a contender. To nominate your favorite local chef for Best Chef: Southeast, submit at by December 31.