Coming at you live from the press room at Lincoln Center, where the James Beard Awards have just wrapped. Dominique Ansel — the dude who invented the cronut — is standing right behind me, with his freshly awarded “Best Pastry Chef” medallion hanging around his neck.
So here’s the news for Atlanta and the South:
Also news from the BBJ awards: Satterfield and Anne Quatrano joined the talented Durham pastry chef Phoebe Lawless to prepare a Southern-inspired dinner for the nearly 500 attendees. Everyone was talking afterwards about how fantastic the food (smoked cobia, guinea hen from White Oak Pastures, stack cake with strawberries and Southern cheeses) was.
And now for some news that is cool, if not particularly Atlanta-centric:
Women won big this year at the chef awards. In addition to Christensen, other winners included Naomi Pomeroy (best chef, Northwest), April Bloomfield (best chef, New York City), Barbara Lynch (best restaurateur) and Nancy Silverton (best chef nationally).
Now let me tell you what’s outside the press room: about 4 dozen food stations where chefs from all over the country are serving little plates of yum. Time to wade out into it.
- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog