NJ chefs make "Best Chefs in America" list
The inductees were voted in by their peers. Congratulations!http://njmonthly.com/blogs/tablehopwi...
This sounds just like Marquis Who's Who; a publisher that sells assorted "Who's Who" directories for various industries. They claim the books are an exclusive list of only the most prominent and influential individuals in those fields (even though you can nominate yourself to be listed). Then they spam everyone listed with offers to buy the books, along with assorted plaques and trophies proclaiming their "exclusive" Who's Who status to the world.
This silly Best Chefs list sounds like the exact same thing. For the low, low price of only $125 you can buy a plaque to put on the wall in your restaurant so all your customers will know how great you are. You can also buy patches to sew on the sleeves of your chefs jacket and window stickers that will announce your greatness to passersby.
Aside from "process" and all that goes along with that -- there are some excellent names on that list. White Manna? Well, I guess the list left out who the "chef" is at Rutt's Hut. LOL.
I do think there are some excellent chefs on that list -- Steve Christianson, from his restaurant, St. Eve's in Ho-Ho-Kus. Steve has done a fantastic job in my opinion in each one of his places, going back to Café Panache. Very talented chef. I am a big fan of his. I like St. Eve's very much. One of the best meals I have had in NJ.
Also, Thomas Ciszak, who is now with Chakra in Paramus. He used to be at Copeland in Morristown, and I am a fan of his as well. He was brought in to Chakra, redesigned the menu, made changes, and really brought them up to an entirely different level. The place, the aesthetics were exceptional, and now they have food to match.
There are also some excellent restaurants on that list.
I made the silly list, and it is silly. It's like back in the day when you made the list "who's who of American high school students" with the hope your parents would buy the book. Every other day I get an email telling me to buy this wonderful book, plaque, or free decal. Just a money-maker.