its the usuall big hitters and the ever present “how could have they not nominated him or her” but for me, this year seems very very fair.
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD– this category seems to be one of the tougher ones to predicate. melman has so much to be proud (and hes still producing new blood), mario/joe are the masters but JG has quite the global empire. this will be determined on pure definition of “restaurateur” (i have no prediction on this one)
OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD – Grant Achatz Alinea, Chicago
BEST NEW RESTAURANT – Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC – Chef/Owner: Michel Richard
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARD – Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC (i called this last year)
BEST CHEF: PACIFIC (CA, HI) – David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) – Cathal Armstrong , Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) – Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES (IL, IN, MI, OH) – Graham Elliot Bowles , Avenues, Chicago
BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY(FIVE BOROUGHS) – im not sure but i do know i would love to see wylie win, although micheal anthony is doing food just as great but on different levels! (im so envious of new yorkers, “yall” really got it all)
BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT) – Rob Evans, Hugo’s, Portland, ME
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV) – Arnaud Berthelier, The Dining Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Atlanta
BEST CHEF: SOUTH (AL. AR, FL, LA, MS) – Douglas Rodriguez, Ola, Miami Beach, FL
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT) – Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Frasca Food and Wine
as much as we like awards and recognition, it doesn’t mean that much. all these chefs know each other and discuss food ideas, farms & techniques to continue to be able to provide the best product we can to our guests! YOU all are the real winners. attendees enjoy seeing friends and not being in the kitchen that night – plus the parties are unreal!!!!