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Apr 7, 2013 03:43 PM

NJ chefs make "Best Chefs in America" list

The inductees were voted in by their peers. Congratulations!

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  1. Interesting. Telephone interviews conducted by analysts asking proprietary questions, with software used to aggregate the data. After reviewing the final list it seems obvious that cooking and eating actual food was not considered relevant to this project...

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      telephone script:

      NJ restaurant 1: Hello...

      BCA rep: Good morning, may I speak with Chef x?

      NJ restaurant: Yes. One moment please.

      BCA rep: [click]; [checks list]; [dials next]

      NJ restaurant 2: Hello...

    2. I did not realize White Manna's owner was considered a chef making his sliders........and Hans Egg retired. I guess Rosie missed that one in her Breaking News.

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      1. re: fourunder

        Any updates on the SRI? New reviews, anyone been, etc.? I am curious to see what they do, although their intention and motivation was to change "little" from what initially was said.


      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: ELA

            Sure. If I was executing a money-making scam on US restaurants I'd be sure to include as many of the top rated, successful establishments as I could. This does not validate the listing as being objective...

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Picnicchef

              Ironically, I made the same comment. Scroll down a bit. When I wrote it I didn't think anyone would know what I was talking about, let alone feel the same way.

              1. re: Picnicchef

                Understood. It looks like Grange is close to opening in Westwood. Very excited about the prospect. Any updates on the schedule?