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This year's James Beard Awards [moved from CA board]

nessy Mar 26, 2008 09:16 AM

Thought you all might want to check out the awards in all categories at this link...


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    kathleen rose Apr 2, 2008 03:23 PM

    hey guys, i posted to lth about james beard last week, and didn't hear from anyone. wondering if chow can help me out.

    my post:

    "my friend noted that Dan Barber is a co-chair chef for the 08 gala reception and was also nominated for outstanding 08.


    do they choose the gala chefs for 08 far in advance of nominating? is this overlap a common event? does being co-chair mean they have any sort of influence over the nomination process?

    forgive my ignorance."

    i stand by the request for forgiveness of my ignorance :-)

    1 Reply
    1. re: kathleen rose
      condiment Apr 6, 2008 09:37 PM

      The gala chefs aren't necessarily chosen way before the nomination, but long enough. (Barber and Odessa Piper, the organizers of the reception this year, obviously got the heads-up earlier.) It is done independently of the awards. And the gala chefs have no more say in the nominating process than anyone else - it's the regional chairs who have the most sway, I believe..

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      gyp7318 Apr 2, 2008 04:24 AM

      Kudos to Frank Stitt (Best Chef in America) and Chris Hastings (regional) for their nominations!!! Go Birmingham!!

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      1. re: gyp7318
        MMRuth Apr 2, 2008 04:32 AM

        I missed that about Stitt somehow! Loved his cookbook.

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        Bryan Gros Mar 30, 2008 09:02 PM

        Wow, good for Chow. And good for Fritz Maytag.

        So why do they have a separate category for asian cookbooks? Why does that not fall under "international"? Seems odd...

        1. fmed Mar 27, 2008 12:47 AM

          I notice that chow.com was nominated for Website Focusing on Food etc. Kudos.

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          1. re: fmed
            shesallthat Mar 27, 2008 09:29 AM

            Congratulations Jane Goldman and good luck!

            1. re: shesallthat
              The Dairy Queen Mar 28, 2008 05:01 PM

              Wow! That is fantastic! Congratulations, chow (and Jane)!


          2. gemster Mar 26, 2008 11:33 AM

            What happened to Thomas Keller? Not nominated for outstanding restaurateur?

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            1. re: gemster
              ChefJune Mar 26, 2008 12:29 PM

              hasn't he won that already?

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                gemster Mar 26, 2008 10:46 PM

                yes - can you not win it more than once?

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                  condiment Apr 1, 2008 01:19 PM

                  You can not.

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