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Atlantans among James Beard nominees [UPDATE]

james_beardThe nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation awards — which honor the best chefs, food book authors, journalists, graphic designers and broadcasters — were announced today in Portland, Oregon. Several Atlantans were cited for these awards, called “the Oscars of the food world.”

They are:

Book Awards:

American Cooking: “The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland” by Joe Dabney.

Restaurant Awards:

Best chef: Southeast:

  • Hugh Acheson (Five and Ten, Empire State South)
  • Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House)

Journalism Awards:

Travel and Culture: “Best BBQ” by Bill Addison, with (former AJC staffer) Jim Auchmutey, in Atlanta Magazine.

Personal Essay: “My Mom Couldn’t Cook” by Tom Junod in Esquire.

The winner will be announced during two ceremonies on May 6 and May 9 in New York. For the full list of nominees, look here:

And a quick disclaimer: I sit on the journalism committee and cast a ballot for the restaurant awards.

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Broderick Smylie

March 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

Congrats to the ATL nominees! Shout out to the Four Coursemen in Athens for the nomination on their Cooking Channel special.


March 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

Lots of other Atlantans were nominated, including:
For pastry chef: Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene
Cynthia Wong, Cakes & Ale
Restauranteur: Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol
Rising star chef: Kevin Gillespie, Woodfire Grill
Additional Atlantans nominated for Best chef: Billy Allin, Cakes and Ale
Hector Santiago, Pura Vida


March 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

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March 22nd, 2011
3:13 pm

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March 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

Hi John… You forgot Chef Piero @ Pricci here in Atlanta, truly one of the best chefs/most gracious hosts I know.
Good luck, Piero!