Community Table's Joel Viehland Nominated By Food & Wine Magazine as "People's Best New Chef"

Once again, Joel Viehland of Washington's Community Table has been nominated in Food & Wine Magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" contest, in the New England category. Viehland, who's committed to sustainable cooking, was honored for his work with locally sourced food.

"Why he's amazing: Because he chooses simplicity over overwrought dishes, letting the bright flavors of his locally sourced ingredients shine," the editors wrote, also mentioning the restaurant's 12-seat communal table crafted from a felled black walnut tree.

Community Table recently received an award for its environmentally-friendly practices from People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE,) a Connecticut-based public health and environmental organization. 

Voting starts on March 11 and runs through March 18. The chef with the most votes will be named The People's Best New Chef for 2013.

Last year's Food & Wine "People's Best New Chef" award in the New England region went to William Kovel of Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, Mass. Kovel is a West Hartford native and a 1995 graduate of Hall High School.

Community Table is at 223 Litchfield Turnpike (Rt. 202) in Washington. The restaurant is closed for the month through March 27, reopening March 28. 860-868-9354,


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