Congratulations and Notes on James Beard Nominees

Congratulations to all.

Humanitarian Award
Feeding America - they do good work, even if they send me constant emails...

Who’s Who in Food & Bev in America Inductees
John T Edge - a brilliant writer and a nice guy - before I knew how famous he was, I wrote to him to compliment him on a Southern Foodways piece of his I'd read. He actually, personally responded.

Dorothy Hamilton - French Culinary Institute continues to evolve and thrive and to put out great chefs, great courses

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Ella Brennan

American Classics Award Nominee:
Yank Sing - have had dim sum in China and Hong Kong, Boston, New York...and Yank Sing is the bar against which all others will be measured. 

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING WITH RECIPES
Rebekah Denn
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (R.I.P.)

“High on the Hairy Hogs: Super-Succulent Imports are Everything U.S. Pork Isn't” - someone please send me this article now!

REPORTING ON NUTRITION OR FOOD-RELATED CONSUMER ISSUES

Barry Estabrook - doing with food writing what I once thought we'd be doing with other tools...creating revolution. Go Barry! Viva la Estabrook!

Gourmet
“Greens of Wrath”

BOOK AWARDS - AMERICAN COOKING
Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans - an heroic and commendable social history project to rescue the recipes nearly lost during aftermath of the levees' failures.

Edited by: Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker
(Chronicle Books)

BAKING
The Art and Soul of Baking - an amazing book that was my last anniversary gift. This fougasse was the first recipe I made from this book.

by Cindy Mushet, Sur La Table
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)


BEST CHEF NORTHEAST
Michael Leviton
Lumiére
West Newton, MA

Tony Maws - one of our Cochon555 chefs and creator of the perfect birthday dinner. One of the best things to happen to the Boston food scene, only it's in Cambridge...

Craigie on Main
Cambridge, MA

Marc Orfaly - cassoulet, and other authentic, wonderful food, put out by a nice guy chef. It's something in this town when no one's ever uttered a bad word to me about a chef.

Pigalle
Boston?

Outstanding Restaurant
Fore Street -  this resto has been outstanding for so long. Caleb drove to meet me and friends there before we were even engaged. From Boston. The friends said "that pretty much tells us what we need to know about him." 

Portland, ME
Chef/Owner: Sam Hayward
Owner: Victor Leon and Dana Street

Best New Restaurant:
Momofuku Ko

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Dale DeGroff
Dale DeGroff Co., Inc.

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Terrance Brennan - introduced America to the cheese cart, well I may exaggerate slightly but this man is truly a cheese pioneer. Picholine has remained the olive of our eye for years in a city that has continual and excellent new comers.

Picholine

Wylie Dufresne - Very nice guy who likes Kraft singles. See my interview with David Chang.
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