Local chef nominated for “People’s Best New Chef for 2011”

Since 1988, Food & Wine magazine has been searching the country for innovative chefs that create delectable dishes…and Des Moines own Carly Groben, owner of both Proof and Flour Pizza, has been named one of ten nominees in the Midwest for the “People’s Best New Chef for 2011.” Not only is she the only Des Moinesian nominated, she’s also the only female nominated from our region.

From February 15, 2011 through March 1, 2011, we the foodies and restaurant goers of Des Moines have a chance to promote Carly – and the vivid flavors that she brings to Des Moines – to the top! Click here to support Carly by voting for her as the “People’s Best New Chef for 2011.” This is the first time in the contest’s history that audiences have been able to vote on the winner of this contest.

Why does Carly’s food stand out? At Proof, Carly has been creating Northern African and Mediterranean flavors by blending spices, cooking methods and fresh ingredients to create a simple, yet flavorful menu. Carly’s ingredients are fresh, her food is mouth-watering and her dishes are reasonably priced. Where else can you get feta tabbouli, a lamb burger or salmon with a risotto cake for lunch?

Where does the name “Proof” come from? The restaurant’s name refers to the baking term for rising dough. According to BakingBites.com:

“The verb ‘to proof’ is a baking term that describes the action of yeast. Primarily, it is the act of dissolving active dry yeast in water (or another liquid) before incorporating it into dough to ensure that the yeast is alive and kicking…It is also the act of letting a complete dough (or a dough starter) rise for any period of time.”

Proof is open during the week for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and for dinner on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The lunch menu includes: flatbread sandwiches, soups, salads, grain dishes and even a few tasty desserts to please your sweet tooth. Friday night’s prix fixe menu changes weekly and features Mediterranean food, which often includes local produce and seasonal ingredients.

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