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James Beard Award Foundation Winners 2011

Here's this year's list, from best chef Jose Andres, to tv's Alton Brown, NYC's new fave, Gabrielle Hamilton and blogster Ruth Bourdain:

http://www.jbfawards.com/2011/pdf/jbf...

Any surprises?

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  1. When I look down the list of restaurant winners, I really feel like there is a restaurant mafia -- especially in NY.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Utterly. These awards are an insider's game.

    2. I recognized hardly any names on the list except two that I'm glad were awarded: Bittman for "Salt" and Outstanding Chef Award, Jose Andres

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      1. re: Rella

        FYI it is Bitterman...not Mark Bittman.

        1. re: Rella

          nonon Not "Bittman" for Salt! BittERman for "Salted."

          1. re: ChefJune

            I stand corrected!

            I'll change my posting to read that I recognized hardly any names, except one who(m) I'm glad was awarded: Outstanding Chef Award, Jose Andres.

            Thanks so much.

            1. re: Rella

              All those nominees are truly outstanding, but I was rooting for Suzanne Goin. She is a rock-star chef, but not as well known because she hasn't been on Next iron Chef or TCM. She's busy running 3 restaurants in LA.

              1. re: ChefJune

                I have just now watched

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq6qDg...

                Good recipe!!! Wish I had a stove like that, that absorbs the spillovers.

                Coincidental to my remakrs about "Bittman," she was on an episode of Bittman (not Bitterman :))) show "Bittman takes on America's Chefs."

                I remember her name now; as I do genealogy, and I have the name, Goin in my heritage.

                Thanks for posting, because I'll be on the look-out for more information on her and her cuisine/cooking.

        2. Congrats to Tony Maws of Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA for Best Chef - Northeast. Also pleased to see Top Chef and Avec Eric get the television show awards, of course. :-)

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            I would have nominated you for best recapper, Linda!

            1. re: C. Hamster

              LOL! Awwww, shucks - thanks C.Ham! Now I'm definitely going to have to get a laptop to be able to deal with TC9 - TV downstairs, current computer upstairs!

          2. I saw most of the winners, but seriously, they gave an award to a fake person?? Kinda lame, I feel like the Beard awards have gone downhill for the past few years.