Tuesday, May 5, 2009
James Beard Award Winners Named!
Only one chef outside of New York was recognized for a James Beard Award's dinner on Monday night. Jean Georges won outstanding restaurant and Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns won the outstanding chef award. Rising star of the year when to Nate Appleman, chef at A16 in San Francisco. Now I must venture there on my next trip to the city! While I extend my heartfelt congrats to all of the winners, I can't help but think that their scope is too NY-centric, forgoing diversity, both culinary and regional, in favor of their hometown favorites. Perhaps they should examine their voting and vetting process. It might make these awards feel more relevant to the average diner not living in NY!
Click here to read about all of the winners!