The winners were announced this week in New York. Congrats to all who won. I'm happy for each of them, but I was pulling for Frank Stitt in the Southeast area.
Chef & Restaurant Awards
Best New Restaurant Marea in New York (chef-owner Michael White)
Outstanding Chef Award Tom Colicchio of Craft in New York Outstanding Pastry Chef Award Nicole Plue of Redd in Yountville, California Outstanding Restaurant Award Daniel in New York (chef-owner Daniel Boulud)
Outstanding Restaurateur Award Keith McNally of Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda and Schiller's Liquor Bar
Outstanding Service Award Alinea in Chicago, Illinois (chef-owner Grant Achatz)
Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award John Shafer and Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California
Outstanding Wine Service Award Jean Georges in New York (wine director Bernard Sun) Rising Star Chef of the Year Award Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry in Yountville, California
Great Lakes Koren Grieveson of Avec in Chicago, Illinois
Mid-Atlantic Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Midwest Alexander Roberts of Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis, Minnesota
New York City Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park
Northeast Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier of Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine
Northwest Jason Wilson of Crush in Seattle, Washington
Pacific David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, California
South Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, Florida
Southeast Sean Brock of McCrady's in Charleston, South Carolina
Southwest Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Book Awards
American Cooking Real Cajun by Donald Link Baking and Dessert Baking by James Peterson
Beverage Been Doon So Long by Randall Grahm Cooking from a Professional Point of View The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts by the French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate
General Cooking Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
Healthy Focus Love Sou" by Anna Thomas
International The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews
Photography Seven Fires photographer Santiago Soto Monllor Reference and Scholarship Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini de Vita
Single Subject Pasta Sfoglia by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky Writing and Literature Save the Deli by David Sax Cookbook of the Year The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews Cookbook Hall of Fame A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
Broadcast Media Awards
Audio Webcast or Radio Show "The Kojo Nnamdi Show," host: Kojo Nnamdi Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location "French Food at Home with Laura Calder," host: Laura Calder Television Show, On Location "Chefs A' Field: King of Alaska," host: Rick Moonen
TV Food Personality Andrew Zimmern, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern"
Television Special "Food Trip with Todd English," host: Todd English Television Segment "ABC News Nightline," host: John Berman Video Webcast "The Greenmarket: One Farmer's Story," Seriouseats.com
Journalism Awards Craig Claiborne
Distinguished Restaurant Reviews Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly Food Blog SeriousEats.com, Ed Levine Food-Related Columns Rachel Wharton, Edible Brooklyn Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs Anya von Bremzen, Saveur, "Soul of a City" Magazine Feature Writing with Recipes Francine Maroukian, Jon Reiner and staff of Esquire, Esquire, "How Men Eat"
Magazine Feature Writing without Recipes Barry Estabrook, Gourmet, "The Price of Tomatoes"
M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award Francine Prose, Saveur, "Faith and Bacon"
Multimedia Food Feature Kevin Pang, Chicagotribune.com, "The Cheeseburger Show" Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs Jared Jacang Maher, Westword, "A Hunger to Help" Newspaper Feature Writing Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, "The Real American Pie"
Newspaper Food Section The Washington Post, Joe Yonan Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition Rowan Jacobsen, EatingWell, "Or Not to Bee" Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutrition Chow.com, Jane Goldman
Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly, "Chardonnay Uncorked"
Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America: Leah Chase (chef/owner, Dooky Chase Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana); Jessica B. Harris (author and historian, California); Paul C.P. McIlhenny (president/CEO, McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana); David Rockwell (founder/CEO, Rockwell Group, New York); L. Timothy Ryan (president, Culinary Institute of America, New York); Susan Spicer (chef/owner, Bayona, New Orleans, Louisiana)
America's Classics Al's French Frys (owners: Bill Bissonette and Lee Bissonette, South Burlington, Vermont); the Bright Star (owners: Jimmy Koikos and Nicky Koikos, Bessemer, Alabama); Calumet Fisheries (owners: the Kotlick and Toll gamilies, Chicago, Illinois); Gustavus Inn (owners: JoAnn and David Lesh, Gustavus, Alaska); Mary & Tito's Cafe (owners: Mary Gonzales and Antoinette Knight, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Design and Graphics Awards
Outstanding Restaurant Design Andre Kikoski Architect, the Wright (New York)
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics Pandiscio Co., the Standard Grill, NYC
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. -- Pearl Bailey Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table. -- Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. --Sir Thomas More You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. --Edith Head A dinner chosen according to one's needs, tastes, and moods, well prepared and well served, is a joy to all senses and an impelling incentive to sound sleep, good health, and long life. Therefore, at least once a day, preferably in the quiet cool of the evening, one should throw all care to the winds, relax completely, and dine leisurely and well. --Count Arnaud Cazenave
Welcome to my blog. I love to cook. I love to garden. I collect art deco. And my camera is like Karl Malden's American Express card. I don't leave home without it. Most of my photographs are of food, dishes, our farm & our travels.
In June of 2005 I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease where the DNA of the bone marrow gets messed up & stops producing blood cells. 18 July 2009 I had a bone marrow transplant. Currently I am still under treatment. I have had some dysplasia show up again in one of my cell lines and have begun a new round of chemotherapy. Mainly I try to focus on the positive.
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