So - the nominations are in - some things as expected, and some surprises - good and bad. Pulling for the Girl and the Goat for best new restaurant. Not sure how Charles Phan found himself in the company of Kahan, Danko, and Andres. I'm pulling for the Brombergs on restaurateur... Melman lost it when he lost Gras, IMO. If Sue Zemanick wins, that will be good pub for Top Chef Masters, although she could be eliminated by may. I've met Tory McPhail and really liked him, so I'm pulling for him... plus it's Commander's - DUH.
Quote:The final nominees in chefs and restaurants (Scroll down for the final nominees in journalism and multimedia) BEST NEW RESTAURANT ABC Kitchen, NYC Benu, San Francisco Girl & the Goat, Chicago Menton, Boston Torrisi Italian Specialties, NYC OUTSTANDING CHEF JosÃ© AndrÃ©s, minibar by JosÃ© AndrÃ©s, Washington, D.C. Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + CafÃ©, Boston Patrick Fahy, Blackbird, Chicago Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles Angela Pinkerton, Eleven Madison Park, NYC Mindy Segal, Mindy's HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar, Chicago OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT Blue Hill, NYC Boulevard, San Francisco Eleven Madison Park, NYC Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL Vetri, Philadelphia OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg Tom Douglas Pat Kuleto Richard Melman Phil Suarez OUTSTANDING SERVICE Canlis, Seattle Emeril's, New Orleans La Grenouille, NYC Per Se, NYC Topolobampo, Chicago OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE A16, San Francisco, Shelley Lindgren Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN, Andy Chabot Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO, Bobby Stuckey The Modern, NYC, Belinda Chang Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Robert Smith OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol, CA Paul Grieco, Hearth and Terroir, NYC Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco Julian Van Winkle III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR Aaron London, Ubuntu, Napa, CA Thomas McNaughton, flour + water, San Francisco Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's, New Orleans BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES Michael Carlson, Schwa, Chicago Curtis Duffy, Avenues at the Peninsula, Chicago Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL Alex Young, Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C. Peter Pastan, Obelisk, Washington, D.C. Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia BEST CHEF: MIDWEST Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO Tory Miller, L'Etoile, Madison, WI Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul, MN BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig Wylie Dufresne, wd~50 Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune Michael White, Marea BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST Tim Cushman, o ya, Boston Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca, Portland, ME Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY Matt Jennings, La Laiterie, Providence Tony Maws, Craigie On Main, Cambridge, MA Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce, Seattle Christopher Israel, GrÃ¼ner, Portland, OR Andy Ricker, Pok Pok, Portland, OR Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy, Mercantile, Seattle Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR BEST CHEF: PACIFIC Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA Daniel Patterson, COI, San Francisco Richard Reddington, Redd, Yountville, CA Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco BEST CHEF: SOUTH Zach Bell, CafÃ© Boulud, Palm Beach, FL John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace, New Orleans Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon, New Orleans BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC John Fleer, Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, Cashiers, NC Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST Bruce Auden, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio Bryan Caswell, Reef, Houston Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin, TX Ryan Hardy, Montagna at the Little Nell, Aspen, CO