Justin Severino
Photo © Adam Milliron

Justin Severino, chef and owner of Cure—and the forthcoming Morcilla—in Lawrenceville, has been nominated by Food & Wine magazine for their annual The People’s Best New Chef awards. And you can help him win. The 2015 nod marks Severino’s third time being nominated.

Severino is a contender in the Mid-Atlantic region, a category in which he won in 2014. The People’s Best New Chef awards are voted on by the public, and the polling period runs through April 8th.

Each year, the monthly magazine, which is published by published by Time, Inc., names America’s 10 most brilliant up-and-coming chefs.

Why Food & Wine thinks Severino is amazing? “Because he closed a successful butcher shop in California to open a meat-centric restaurant in Pittsburgh where he butchers and cures everything himself and educates eaters about the provenance of their food.”

What does Food & Wine think is his quintessential dish? The Salumi platter, which features a changing selection of meats such as bresaola, blackstrap ham, goat prosciutto, rabbit rillettes and ‘nduja—a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from Italy.

When speaking about his early culinary influences, Severino says: “I grew up in an Italian family. We ate dinner at home six days a week. My grandmother was a lunch lady at the Catholic high school, and my grandfather was a butcher.”

Severino’s varied experience also includes stints at Elements and Eleven in Pittsburgh, Manresa in Los Gatos, CA and Bouchée Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

To vote for Severino and other nominated chefs go here.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.