Where to Eat Now: James Beard Award Finalists Announced
Chefs, sharpen your knives, the food community is abuzz with news of the 2010 James Beard Award nominations, which were announced earlier this week. Aside from Michelin stars and positive restaurant reviews, these awards are the biggest recognition in the food world. Chosen by a non-profit made up of food and wine enthusiasts, the awards take a nationwide look at the dining scene pulling out the stars of today and tomorrow. What that means to you is: Make your reservations now -- especially at Robert DeNiro's latest New York restaurant, Locanda Verde (right) -- these places are about to get hotter.
Anyone can attend the black-tie Chef and Restaurant Awards which take place on May 3 at Lincoln Center in New York. Tickets are $450 for non-members and include the awards ceremony hosted by The Food Network's Alton Brown, Wolfgang Puck and PBS chef Lidia Bastianich (whose cookbook "Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy" is up for a nomination). But the best part will be the gala reception afterward where guests can sample food by notable chefs from around the country who were chosen by a past Outstanding Chef winner.
And the nominees are ...
Here's a selection of the Chef and Restaurant Award nominees, for a full list visit the James Beard Awards site.
Best New Restaurant
Chef/Owners: Pierre and Charlotte Calmels
Flour + Water, San Francisco
Chef/Partner: Thomas McNaughton
Partners: David White and David Steele
Frances, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Melissa Perello
Locanda Verde, NYC
Chef/Owner: Andrew Carmellini
Marea, NYC (pictured below)
Chef/Partner: Michael White
Partner: Chris Cannon
RN74, San Francisco
Chef: Jason Berthold
Owners: Michael Mina and Rajat Parr
Outstanding Chef Award
Minibar, Washington, D.C.
Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
Lucques, Los Angeles
The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
CityZen at Mandarin Orienta, Washington, D.C.
Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Redd, Yountville, CA
Mindy's HotChocolate, Chicago
Outstanding Restaurant Award
Chef/Owner: Mario Batali
Owner: Joseph Bastianich
Boulevard, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Nancy Oakes
Owner: Pat Kuleto
Chef/Owner: Daniel Boulud
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Chef/Owner: Frank Stitt
Owner: Pardis Stitt
Chef/Partner: Tony Mantuano
Outstanding Restaurateur Award
Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge, Etta's, Lola, Palace Kitchen,
Boulevard, Epic, Farallon, Jardinière, Martini House, Nick's
Cove & Cottages, and Waterbar
Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller's Liquor Bar
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Starr Restaurant Organization
Rising Star Chef of the Year Award
The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
Komi, Washington, D.C.
Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
Gautreau's, New Orleans
To see the nominees for Best Chefs by Region and the rest of the nominees, including cookbook and food writing categories, visit the James Beard Foundation Awards site.