Rex Nelson talks about one of the many reasons why Chef Lee Richardson deserves some recognition over on his Southern-Fried Blog. That reason, of course, is how the chef has fully adopted our foods and our traditions here in Arkansas. I can dig it.

Oh, don’t forget — you can still go vote for Chef Lee for Food and Wine Magazine’s Top New Chef of 2011. He’s still ahead, but not by much — with 27 percent of the vote compared to 24 percent for Minnesota’s Erik Anderson, a guy who apparently likes his spoons better than the people he works woth. Really?