LENOX -- Bjorn Somlo, chef-owner of Nudel Restaurant here, has been nominated one of the top 100 chefs in the country for Food & Wine magazine's People's Best New Chef award.

This is Somlo's second nomination for the award honoring up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.

The field of 100 nominees includes 10 chefs in each of 10 regions across America. Somlo has been nominated as a top 10 chef in New England.

The chefs with the most votes in each of the regions will be named finalists and the most votes overall will be named The People's Best New Chef on March 18.

The winner will also be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs.

Somlo opened Nudel in August 2009.

He has been nominated one time for Rising Star Chef and three times for Best Chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.