Best Richmond Chef 

Readers' Pick

First Place: Jason Alley

Comfort, 200 W. Broad St., 780-0004,
Pasture, 416 E. Grace St., 780-0416,

Second Place: Dale Reitzer

Third Place: Lee Gregory

Ah, Jason Alley, how does Richmond love you? You ignored naysayers and opened Comfort long before Jackson Ward was considered an arts district. You saw the potential of Grace Street — once a shining destination that fell into a sketchy stretch between CenterStage and Perly's — and gave us Pasture, a bright, high-ceilinged oasis with a welcoming patio out front. Your efforts on behalf of spreading the gospel of Richmond restaurants have gotten us national notice time and again. Acacia's Dale Reitzer is seen working diligently in his kitchen every night. He may look mild-mannered but his game face belies how devoted he is to constantly upping his game and that of everyone else who follows his lead in this town. Lee Gregory of the Roosevelt trained under Reitzer and exhibits many of the same low-key characteristics while turning out creative Southern and Low Country dishes the likes of which no one else in Richmond is doing. Whether it's pork collar or sugar toads, there's a good reason why Gregory showed up in the pages of Garden & Gun magazine. It has nothing to do with gardens or guns and everything to do with his creatively executed food.



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