The 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.”
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.
Best chef: Southeast:
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.