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Jamestown Chef Matthew MacCartney Nominated for Food & Wine Award

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Jamestown Fish Executive Chef and Partner Matthew MacCartney

Food & Wine magazine has nominated Jamestown Fish Executive Chef and Partner Matthew MacCartney to participate in The People’s Best New Chef award contest. The People’s Best New Chef program is an annual contest now in its fourth year. The award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs award, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for fewer than five years.

The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. 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.

To vote for Chef MacCartney, click here. Voting is currently underway and continues through 5pm on Monday, March 31. The finalists and winner will be revealed on April 2 online at foodandwine.com.

An impressive résumé

MacCartney has been with Jamestown Fish since its inception in December 2011. Jamestown Fish is a casually elegant Rhode Island restaurant serving a European inspired seafood based cuisine. In 2012 and 2013, Jamestown Fish won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of Rhode Island in 2012, and numerous OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards.

MacCartney has worked in the dining rooms and kitchens of New York’s finest establishments, such as Restaurant Daniel, Gramercy Tavern, and Craft. He opened Craft in 2001 as the Beverage Director and was voted Best Wine Director in 2003 by the readers of Time Out NY magazine.

Early in his career, MacCartney worked in European kitchens that included Michel Guérard, a Michelin three star restaurant in France, and the world renowned Cibrèo in Florence, Italy.

MacCartney earned his B.T. in Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts from NYC College of Technology and studied at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies in Birmingham, England. He also earned a Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in 2002, and in 2008 was published in Wine & Spirits magazine.

A main voice in the culinary world for more than three decades, Food & Wine is considered an authority on the best of what’s new in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining.


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