After narrowing down more than 44,000 online entries to its list of semifinalists last month, The James Beard Foundation today announced the actual nominees for the highest culinary honor in the land.
Today the winners were announced live at Lowndes Grove Plantation in food-nerd mecca Charleston, South Carolina; the winners get announced at a fancy ceremony in New York May 6 (with Stanley Tucci hosting!) How many more years until the award ceremony is shown on actual TV?
Seattle represented quite well in the last round, but boy the awards committee pruned out a lot of names.
But here's the good news...
COOKBOOK AWARDS (announced May 3)
Cookbooks: General Cooking: Modernist Cuisine at Home, Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet
Cookbooks: Baking and Dessert: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle, Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance
Cookbooks: Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian: Herbivoracious, Michael Natkin
CHEF AND RESTAURANT AWARDS (announced May 6)
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel joins some impressive names like Jimmy Bannos of the Purple Pig in Chicago, Mission Chinese Food phenom Danny Bowien, Blackbird's David Posey, and Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water in San Francisco.Best Chef Northwest:
Jason Franey, Canlis
Ethan Stowell, Staple and Fancy
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast (Portland)
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland)