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Linton Hopkins and Hugh Acheson among James Beard Award Finalists

james_beardThe finalists are being announced (of course) on Twitter. So forgive me if I miss some salient Southerners. But of most interest to us’n’s:

  • Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens are once again finalists for Best Chef Southeast. They go up against Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC), Bill Smith (Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill) and Sean Brock (McCrady’s, Charleston, SC). Folks tend to work their way up the ladder, so I’m predicting a win for Hopkins or Acheson this year. Though Brock, a young chef, is getting a huge national reputation and may pull off the upset.
  • Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., gets a nod for Outstanding Wine Service.
  • “The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor” (Clarkson Potter, $35) gets a nomination in the American Cooking category in the cookbook awards for authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee.
  • John T. Edge is a finalist for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing award for his work on the Oxford American Food Issue 2009.

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Food Fan

March 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

I’m sure Linton Hopkins is the favorite among the two, but Hugh Acheson is by far my favorite chef in the state. While nothing can beat Five & Ten and what they continue to surprise me with coming out of that tiny kitchen, once Hugh opens his place in ATL & moves in from out of the country to wrestle with the “big boys” here in the city, he’ll lay claim to it.

Dunwoody Don

March 22nd, 2010
4:24 pm

In 2005 I took my wife to NYC for a Valentine’s Day treat. At that time, S. Pellegrino rated Daniel’s the 12th best restaurant in the world. We had a great [and very expensive] 8-course meal there on Valentine’s night. The next evening we ate at Gramercy Tavern, which S. Pellegrino’s rated 11th best in the world. Tom Colicchio was its executive chef back then. For my money, both Boulud & Colicchio are very deserving of their nominations. No more so than Linton Hopkins, however.