A belated congratulations to Blackbird's Mike Sheerin (above), who on Tuesday was named one of Food and Wine magazine's Best New Chefs for 2010. (Kudos, too, in a six degrees sort of way to Missy Robbins, formerly of Spiaggia and now of New York's A Voce, and John Shields, formerly of Alinea and now of Town House in rural Virginia.)
In other chef notes, catch Vermilion chef Maneet Chauhan on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" at 8 tonight. She battles Iron Chef Morimoto.
And keep your "Top Chef Masters" high going by heading to Marcus Samuelsson's viewing party at 8 p.m. April 14 at the rooftop C-View lounge in the Affinia Hotel, 166 E. Superior. The New York-based chef will be there -- which must mean he did pretty well on the episode.