The finalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today. “The Oscars of the food world” are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America, recognizing excellence among chefs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, and others in the industry. The LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold is up for two Journalism Awards: Writing on Spirits, Wine or Beer (“The New Cocktailians“) and Distinguished Restaurant Reviews. In the Restaurant and Chef Awards, Suzanne Goin (Lucques) is nominated for Outstanding Chef, and Michael Cimarusti (Providence) and Matt Molina (Osteria Mozza) are finalists for Best Chef: Pacific. Winners will be announced at a gala on May 3, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC.
Selected nominees are highlighted below. For a complete list of nominees, visit: www.jpfawards.com/nominees
Congrats to all the finalists, and good luck in May!
2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees (Partial List)
For cookbooks published in English in 2009.
Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology
by Randall Grahm
(University of California Press)
The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire
by Linda Himelstein
by Charles Maclean
For articles published in English in 2009.
CRAIG CLAIBORNE DISTINGUISHED RESTAURANT REVIEWS
“Sauced,” “Hot Birria, Cold Cerveza,” “Hare Today”
“Border Crossing,” “Peru Calling,” “The Classic”
“White on White,” “Wonderland,” “Mourning”
WRITING ON SPIRITS, WINE, OR BEER
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
“The New Cocktailians”
Food & Wine
“Is Grüner a Great Wine or a Groaner”
Restaurant and Chef Awards
OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.
Restaurant Gary Danko
The Slanted Door
BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Each candidate may be employed by any kind of dining establishment and must have been a working chef for at least the past 5 years. The 3 most recent years must have been spent in the region where the chef is presently working.
Best Chef: Pacific (CA, HI)
Los Gatos, CA
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least 5 years.
Merry Edwards Wines
The Brooklyn Brewery
John Shafer and Doug Shafer
Julian P. Van Winkle, III
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery