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Winning: Rathbun on Chopped and the Optimist on Hot 10

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Rathbun Not Chopped, Wins $10,000

Chef Kevin Rathbun was the winner on a new Sunday edition of the Food Network’s Chopped TV show,  appearing in a family feud  with his brother, Kent Rathbun.

With twenty minutes to  prepare a three-course dinner, with ingredients like gooseberries, cinnamon rolls, and Japanese cola candy, Rathbun worked his magic and won some big bucks for his charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Optimist Makes Bon Appétit Hot 10

Last week, Bon Appétit released its annual list of America’s 50 Best New Restaurant nominees. As in 2012, two Atlanta restaurants, the General Muir and the Optimist, are on the list, and the Optimist ended up on the final Hot 10 list, as chosen by the magazine’s “Foodist,” Andrew Knowlton.

Last year, Cakes & Ale and Cardamom Hill made the 50 best list, and Cakes & Ale ended up on the final Hot 10 list.

Here’s the 2013 Hot 10 list:

1.      Alma – Los Angeles, CA
2.      Saison – San Francisco, CA
3.      Rolf & Daughters – Nashville, TN
4.      Fat Rice – Chicago, IL
5.      Ava Gene’s – Portland, OR
6.      The Pass & Provisions – Houston, TX
7.      The Optimist – Atlanta, GA
8.      Jeffrey’s & Josephine House – Austin, TX
9.      The Whale Wins & Joule – Seattle, WA
10.    Aska – Brooklyn, NY

See more here: www.bonappetit.com.

— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

5 comments Add your comment

joe

August 13th, 2013
9:58 am

I’ve always like the Pizza Hut in Tucker

slim with the tilted brim

August 14th, 2013
10:26 am

Most people for Tucker do

Sue

August 14th, 2013
6:16 pm

These lists are a joke — the Optimist has some of the worst food I’ve ever had — greasy, over-priced fish & chips.

[...] Winning: Rathbun on Chopped and the Optimist on Hot 10 [...]

K-10

August 19th, 2013
1:56 pm

The Optimist? Seriously? I’m beginning to think money is changing hands with these lists.