Press Release

Aubergine Executive Chef Justin Cogley Nominated By Food & Wine Magazine For The People’s Best New Chef Award

March 11, 2013

Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group is proud to announce that Food & Wine® magazine has nominated Justin Cogley, Executive Chef of Aubergine, for The People’s Best New Chef® award. The award, an extension of the Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs program, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or less. Restaurants’ devotees will determine The People’s Best New Chef® winner via online vote on beginning today and continuing through March 18.

The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef® award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist and the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef®. The People’s Best New Chef® finalists and winner will be revealed on March 19 online at; the winner will also be featured in the July 2013 issue of Food & Wine®, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs.

To learn about the 100 chefs eligible for The People’s Best New Chef® award, go to Or follow the conversation on Twitter using #peoplesbnc.

About Justin Cogley
Executive Chef of Aubergine, Cogley comes to Carmel by way of Chicago, where he was chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s and Elysian Hotel’s kitchen. His style is a sophisticated balance between innovation and unwavering deference for the finest ingredients he procures. “If I had to describe my food,” Cogley says, “I would say each plate has a purpose.” Cogley’s goal is to inspire guests to enjoy a broad combination of flavors and textures. He may present a diner with a vegetable prepared three ways on his plate but Cogley says, “each of the flavors will be unique and pure.”

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