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James Beard Award finalists announced

AJC Staff

A pair of Atlantans were named among the finalists for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards — the country’s most recognized program honoring food and beverage professionals working as chefs, authors, journalists and designers.

Cookbook author and renowned food scientist Shirley O. Corriher (left) is a finalist for a Book Award in the “Baking” category for her new work, “Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking” (Scribner; $40). (I cooked from the book, and AJC writer Jim Auchmutey wrote a lovely profile of Corriher.)
In the all-important Restaurant Awards, Linton Hopkins, chef at Restaurant Eugene, is again up for Best Chef: Southeast. He faces off against Hugh Acheson at Five and Ten in Athens; Mike Lata of Fig Restaurant in Charleston, SC; Bob Waggoner of Charleston Grill in Charleston; and Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, NC.

Other Southerners of note are up for these awards:

  • Sean Brock of McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston is nominated for Rising Star Chef, a national award.
  • Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL, is nominated for Outstanding Restaurant, a national award for chef/owner Frank Stitt.
  • Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, is nominated for Outstanding Wine Service, a national award.
  • John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, MS, will be inducted into the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, an honorary award.

You can read the full list here. The winners will be announced on May 3 and May 4 in New York.

8 comments Add your comment

I Miss Birmingham

March 24th, 2009
8:25 am

Whenever I’m asked about my favorite restaurant, I don’t hesitate when I say Highlands in Birmingham. I moved to Atlanta from Birmingham in 1999, but still find time to make it to Highlands Bar & Grill at least once a year. Frank Stitt is a great guy and still remembers me when I walk through the door.

Chris Heisel

March 24th, 2009
10:13 am

I “met” Shirley on Alton Brown’s TV show and I _adore_ her — I’ve got the book but haven’t yet had a chance to try any of her recipes.

globeflyer

March 24th, 2009
10:53 am

I heard Frank Stitt speak at a function and he encouraged the group to make the trek to Athens to dine at Five And Ten, so that speaks volumes. I live in Alabama and have visited Highlands and Bottega (both Stitt establishments). You won’t go wrong with either!

RK

March 24th, 2009
11:55 am

Too bad Waggoner isn’t there anymore…

IRISH25

March 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

+1 FOR Highlands!!!

steven satterfield

March 24th, 2009
6:38 pm

Congrats to Hugh, Mike, Linton, Sean, Frank and of course John T! I sense an SFA connection Maybe the Southern Foodways Alliance is to James Beard nominations as Scientology is to the Acadamy Award nominations?

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April 10th, 2009
3:13 am

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