This just in: Jason Wilson of Crush has received the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Northwest. The announcement comes live from New York City, where the foundation’s annual fete is taking place.

Competing alongside Wilson was fellow Seattleite Ethan Stowell, the man behind How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolata, Union, and Anchovies and Olives (notably a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant).

The two were in a group of finalists chosen by a of 400-person panel, which winnowed names from a larger list of semifinalists. Of these, Seattle was well represented, with nods in seven categories. It’s worth nothing the semis were selected from over 21,000 entries.

Congratulations, Jason!

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