Liveblogging the Beard Awards
As I tap this out on my Treo phone, I'm in the audience at the James Beard Awards at New York City's Lincoln Center. I'll be liveblogging the awards tonight, keeping you up-to-the-minute on who's won what and giving you some additional information when I can—depending on how speedy I am with the tiny keyboard.
Rising Star Chef: David Chang is going to win. I know it. Chang just won. He thanked the team.
Hannah Storm is too perky by half. She knows how to make love to a teleprompter. The first of the American Classics are coming up.
America's Classics: Primanti Brothers love the fries on sandwich, and they won. Can't argue with this choice.
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Rooting for Dale Degroff. Paul Draper from Ridge Vineyards wins. Wine service is next.
Wine Service: Mark Slater of Michel Richard Citronelle wins.
Bobby Flay is inducted into Who's Who.
Dorie Greenspan, too.
And Michael Pollan.
Best Chef Northeast: Frank McClelland, of Boston's L'Eespalier. (Frank has been nominated 10 times.)
Best Chef, Southeast: Scott Peacock takes the prize. He makes amazing fried chicken!
Best Chef, Midatlantic: R. J. Cooper III, of D.C.'s Vidalia. (I've never had a great meal there.)
Best Chef, South: Donald Link wins. I love Cochon.
America's Classics: The Brookville Hotel in Abilene, Kansas, is being honored. SE's managing editor, Adam Kuban, would dig this, as he grew up in Kansas.
Best Chef, Pacific: Traci des Jardins of San Francisco's Jardinère. I love her taqueria. She wins after 7 previous nominations.
Best Chef, Northwest: John Sundstrom, of Lark, in Seattle. He worked for Seattle legend Tom Douglas for a long time.
Best Chef, Southwest: Nobuo Fukuda of See Saw, Scottsdale, Arizona.
America's Classics: Doe's Eat Place of Greenville, Miss., is honored. It's Bill Clinton's favorite. At least before his heart surgery.
Best Chef, Great Lakes: The odds-on fave in this category wins — Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea.
Best Chef, Midwest: Celina Tio of Kansas City, Missouri's American Restaurant. Another one that Adam's probably happy to see.
Best Chef, New York City: David Waltuck of Chanterelle. An old-school pick here.
Humanitarian of the Year: Art Smith
Cookbook Hall of Fame: The Moosewood Cookbook by Molly Katzen.
Books, Cooking from a Professional POV: Grand Livre de Cuisine: Alain Ducasse's Desserts and Pastries, by A.D. and Frédéric Robert
Books, Wine & Spirits: Romancing the Vine, Alan Tardi. He used to be a chef at Follonico in NYC but quit to become a writer. Looks like it paid off.
Books, Baking & Desserts: Dorie Greenspan, Baking: From My Home to Yours
Books, Healthy Focus: Lorna Sass, Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way
America's Classics: Pickwick, of Duluth, Minnesota, is honored.
Books, Food of the Americas: Matt Lee & Ted Lee, The Lee Bros. Cookbook
Books, Reference: Marion Nestle, What to Eat
Books, General Cookbook: Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day, by Roy Finamore, a former cookbook editor.
Books, International: The Soul of a New Cuisine, by Marcus Samuelsson.
America's Classics: Weaver D's is honored. It was made famous, in a way, by R.E.M. The title Automatic for the People is taken from one of owner Dexter Weaver's trademark phrases at the restaurant.
Books, Asian: Cradle of Flavor, by James Oseland, editor of Saveur magazine, who has made that publication all the better since taking the reins there.
Books, Photography: Michael Mina; Karl Petzke, photographer.
Books, Single Subject: The Essence of Chocolate,by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg.
Books, Writing on Food: The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan.
Books, Entertaining: The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining, Cheryl & Bill Jameson
Books, Cookbook of the Year: The Lee Bros. Cookbook, Matt Lee & Ted Lee.
In Memoriam: R. W. Apple Jr., Ernest Gallo, David Halberstam, Sharon Tyler Herbst.
Restaurant Design: Xing, NYC.
Restaurant Graphics: Buddakhan, NYC.
America's Classics: Aunt Carrie's of Narragansett, Rhode Island, is honored.
Restaurant Service: Tru; Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman. Tru is located in Chicago.
Pastry Chef: Michael Laskonis, of Le Bernardin, in New York City.
Lifetime Achievement: Barbara Kafka
Best New Restaurant: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Restaurateur: Thomas Keller; The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery, Per Se
Outstanding Restaurant: Frontera Grill, Chicago, Rick & Deanna Bayless.
Outstanding Chef: Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, D.C.
OK: That's all, folks. I am now going into digit rehab for all my fingers.