2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Finalists Revealed

Gary Danko and Jonathan Waxman, pictured here with Thomas Keller and Jeremiah Tower at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York, are both nominated for 2013 James Beard Awards.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on May 6, 2013, in New York City. Nominated chefs and restaurants include:

Oustanding Chef
Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern, Los Angeles, California
Paul Kahan Blackbird, The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Silverton Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco, California
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Brooks Headley, Del Posto, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois

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The Big (Grilled) Cheese: Enter Artisanal’s 3rd Annual Grilled Cheese Contest!

For your appreciation: The 2012 winning Artisanal Grilled Cheese — “Drunken” Raclette Grilled Cheese! Can you top it?

Are you a grilled cheese grillmaster? Does your version of this melted sammie melt hearts? If you think your grilled cheese recipe is the one recipe to rule them all, enter Artisanal’s Third Annual Grilled Cheese Contest! The winner will have her/his award-winning grilled cheese sandwich placed on Artisanal‘s menu, with 10% of all proceeds of the winning sandwiches sales being donated to the charity of the winner’s choice, receive a special five-course dinner for two in Artisanal’s private cheese cave, and an autographed copy of Chef Terrance Brennan’s book Artisanal Cooking.

To enter, like Artisanal’s Facebook page. It’s easy to enter, click here to submit your recipe: http://bit.ly/102uobw before Sunday, March 31, 2013, at 11:59PM EDT. Read the full submissions guidelines. Six finalists will be selected and announced on Facebook on Friday, April 5, 2013. Final judging will take place on National Grilled Cheese Day — Friday, April 12, 2013 — at The Cutting Room, just across the street from Artisanal.

Located in Manhattan, Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar has been regarded as a champion of hand-craftsmanship since opening its doors more than a decade ago. Offering the largest selection of exceptionally made cheeses, the restaurant is committed to honoring the traditions of cheese masters and offering guests a unique yet always approachable dining experience. Join them as they celebrate their passion by recognizing a dish that people of all ages can appreciate: the grilled cheese.

Enter today for a chance to win the title, terrific prizes — and some serious culinary bragging rights!

 

Click and Choose: Vote for Food & Wine’s 2013 The People’s Best New Chef!

This chicken sandwich spotted by Foodspotter Droolius at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar makes it easy to see why Jeff McInnis was nominated for The People’s Best New Chef.

Food & Wine magazine has opened voting for The People’s Best New Chef online award. There 100 nominated chefs and you can vote for your favorite in each of 10 regions. That’s one vote per IP address per region.The chef with the most votes will be named The People’s Best New Chef for 2013! Don’t miss your chance to help your favorite chef get the recognition s/he deserves. Voting ends March 18, 2013. Click here to vote! Congratulations to the nominees, who include:

California:
Matthew Accarrino, SPQR
Kim Alter, Haven
Justin Cogley, Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel
Jordan Kahn, Red Medicine
Thomas McNaughton, Central KitchenFlour + Water
Evan + Sarah Rich, Rich Table
Ari Taymor, Alma
Michael Voltaggio, ink.

Great Lakes:
Josh Adams, June
Thai Dang, Embeya
Chris Hodgson, Hodge’s
Matthew Kirkley, L2O
James Rigato, The Root
Jason Vincent, Nightwood
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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service

In honor of the art of excellence in restaurant hospitality, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service in the United States and highlight the Top 10 honorees for hospitality. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants for Service in the U.S., in rank order, are:

  1. Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
  2. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  3. NAOE – Miami, Florida
  4. ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut
  5. Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Saison – San Francisco, California
  7. The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
  8. Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
  9. The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
  10. Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado

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The complete list of winners, which includes Eleven Madison Park in New York City, goosefoot in Chicago, and La Belle Vie in Minneapolis, spans 28 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. California restaurants earned 14 spots on the list, followed by New York with 10 winners and Florida and North Carolina with eight apiece. South Carolina and Virginia each boast six winning restaurants, trailed by Illinois with five and Pennsylvania with four. Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington all have three honorees, while Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, and Utah have two each. Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada restaurants are also included.

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