But it's never too late for Jean Georges to win for Outstanding Restaurant
and Dan Barber to win for Outstanding Chef. Not too surprising overall. In
fact no surprises. But well deserved success all around. Congrats to
the winners. What a happy night for them all.
Had to take a quick break from the Awards and try a fantastic beet brownie from Monica Pope at T'afia. It was so inventive and set apart from the many beef carpaccios. Now back in time for the final biggies: Drew Nieporent, David Chang, and da da dum...
"I couldn't bet on it. Actually, last week, I was at the Kentucky Derby, and you know how I won my money? I put $2 on every horse in the 11th race, and I won $140."
Mike Lata seems very calm. "I took a beta blocker. My doctor gave me one just for stage fright. You can print that. I've been nominated three times, this is my first win. It's nice to lose to great people but it's great to win. I feel very good now."
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic winner Jose Garces's favorite Philadelphia restaurant is Osteria, the other fabulous restaurant that opened during my senior year of school in the city of Brotherly Love. Mark Vetri, who first opened his self-titled restaurant, Vetri, is in a class of his own. Both Amada and Vetri are musts if you want to spend a little more than a couple bucks on the ubiquitous cheesesteak.
Medal-winner Clark Wolf is dressed in black tie on black shirt. Was the monochrome look planned with an eye to the addition of an orange medal ribbon? Clark wisely ignores the sartorial accusation. "In 1984 I worked with Chris Kimball on the first awards," he says. "Afterwards I told him, great concept, lousy party. He said f-ck you, you do it. So for the next 3 or 4 years I did."
Editor's note: Wolf is referring to the first Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America awards. The first JBF Awards were in 1991.
Just won for Reference and Scholarship. A plug for it: the book was a
great idea and a whole new way to think about food in the sort of
conceptual way chefs do. I have a feeling a lot more books will follow
its lead soon.
Enjoying a glass of champagne after winning outstanding wine service. He said he couldn't hear what was announced and missed hearing his name. Happily Eric Ripert who was sitting next to him did, and elbowed him to go up on stage. Congratulations a tous au Bernardin. I believe this win completes their set of beard awards.
I hadn't heard of Seattle-based chef Maria Hines, but she made a great
entrance. She was out cooking for the event and came running in to
accept her Best Chef: Northwest award in the nick of time. When she did
make it to the stage she thanked her wife for allowing her to put a
lien on the house to open the restaurant. It was adorable and showed
how truly hardworking chefs really are.
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