From NY Mag: HARK! James Beard Award Nominations

After much speculation, the 2007 nominees for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant world, are in. Adam Platt, Rob Patronite, Robin Raisfeld, and Grub Street all filled out Beard brackets (or at least revealed whom we’d like to see win) on Friday. Here’s how the academy’s coming down.

Rising Star Chef
As expected, David Chang was nominated and is, it says here, a stone-cold lock for the award. But Daniel Humm, slipping in under the age wire, was also nominated for his brilliant work at Eleven Madison Park. The other nominees are all from out of town: Nate Appleman of San Francisco’s A16, Graham Elliot Bowles of Avenues in Chicago, Michel Richard of Citron in Washington, and Patrick Connolly of Radius in Boston.

Best New Restaurant
Shocker: Three months ago Ssäm Bar was selling Asian burritos; now they’re nominated for Best New Restaurant, along with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy in Vegas, Cochon in New Orleans, L.A.’s Cut, and (another pleasant surprise for New York) A Voce.

Best Chef New York
The nominees for the big one skew young. Wylie Dufresne of wd-50, picked by all four New York writers, did indeed make the list. The other finalists: Terrance Brennan of Picholine (a Platt pick), Gabriel Kreuther of the Modern, Floyd Cardoz of Tabla, and David Waltuck of Chanterelle.

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Get the full official list here.
– kanshefle, nyc

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3 Responses to “From NY Mag: HARK! James Beard Award Nominations”

  1. kayoko Says:

    oh, the good ol’ James Beard Awards– the original breeders of culinary world hype. not sure i agree with all of this, but it’s all good to know.

    friggin David Chang, of course. the guy has foodies, critics and chefs alike all gushing with delight. i don’t get it, personally- but i totally give him props cause he’s so young. need to go to Ssam Bar, let’s do it.

    WD-50- very fun and worth going to once for the tasting menu. only once though, i would say. got to go to the kitchen and say hello to Wylie and hottie pastry chef Sam Mason (no longer there)- it was so fun! Wylie was certainly a jolly dude, very humble.

    A Voce- EXCELLENT. Beth and i went for lunch during restaurant week, and it was very good italian food- innovative but still comforting. i highly recommend it. Bruni had put it in his top 10 most memorable meals in 2006 i recall, if that means anything (which it doesn’t). they were playing J Dilla’s DONUTS when i was there though, which made me happy.

    11 Madison Park- was not impressed. i recall the amuse bouches being the highlight.

    we need to start an annual UMAMI MART AWARDS, cause seriously, i’m sick of the same names showing up year after year for the Beard Awards.

    also, let me plug in that it looks like Will Goldfarb has been nominated for Best Pastry Chef, for his new joint, Room 4 Dessert. our VERY OWN Erin Gleeson photographed his creations which will be published in his new dessert cookbook. woo-hoo! we can’t wait, erin! coincidentally, erin also takes photos for the Beard Foundation.

    *k*

  2. kayoko Says:

    also, looks like Boulevard in SF is nominated for the Outstanding Restaurant Award. my friend Christi just went there last weekend– care to elaborate on this place, Christi??

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, just went to Boulevard last weekend after having a fabulous meal there several years ago. We were really disappointed with the meal. Dessert was downright stale and my fillet was just “average”; not well seasoned and charred on the outside. The wine we brought ourselves was the highlight, which was sad. It also was not nearly as busy as it had been before, which leads me to believe Boulevard has passed its prime.

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