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James Beard Award Winners

photo-104Coming 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:

  1. Steven Satterfield from Miller Union did not bring home the Best Chef Southeast medal, which went instead to Ashley Christensen (left), a Raliegh chef with a small empire, most notably Poole’s Diner. (For the record, I’m a huge fan of her places.) Satterfied will surely be nominated in years to come.
  2. Outstanding Wine Program went to the great Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Sommelier Andy Chabot has finally been recognized after several nominations for the fantastic cellar he oversees and serves.
  3. At the Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards, which took place Friday night, former Creative Loafing food editor Besha Rodell (now at LA Weekly) won for a touching, funny and well reported story about the 40 ounce, which appeared in Punch.
  4. Satterfield, Quatrano and Lawless in the kitchen

    Satterfield, Quatrano and Lawless in the kitchen

    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.

You can see the full list of winners here.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

2 comments Add your comment


May 6th, 2014
3:34 pm

the link to the winners is broken!

John Kessler

May 7th, 2014
1:00 pm

oops….fixed now. Thanks!