Food & Wine recently bestowed its prestigious "best new chef" title on Madison Park's Conservatory's Cormac Mahoney , who personifies Seattle in ways that surely

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Cormac Mahoney

Food & Wine recently bestowed its prestigious "best new chef" title on Madison Park's Conservatory's Cormac Mahoney, who personifies Seattle in ways that surely make New York media types salivate: Mahoney adores local ingredients (spot prawns!); reinterprets desperately trendy Southern dishes for a Northwest audience (Food & Wine specifically cited his deviled eggs with Dungeness crab); and stays in close touch with his hipster roots, routinely resurrecting Tako Truck dishes in a neighborhood that's largely food truck–free. For eaters not sold on the narrative, though, there's the food: Mahoney's cooking is smart, restrained, and always exquisite. HANNA RASKIN 1927 43rd Ave. E., 324-9701, madisonparkconservatory.com

 
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