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2011 James Beard award nominees

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by ChicagoRon, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    The big LOLs are: Blue Hill for best restaurant [​IMG] (BH @ Stone Barns maybe but BHNY nfw), Torrisi for best new restaurant [​IMG] (maybe most incredibly overhyped restaurant?), Wylie Dufresne or Gabrielle Hamilton for best NYC chef [​IMG] [​IMG] (double barf)
     
  2. kwilkinson

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    Yeah, it's amazing to me that Dufresne keeps getting put up for awards.
     
  3. gomestar

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    The big LOLs are: Blue Hill for best restaurant [​IMG] (BH @ Stone Barns maybe but BHNY nfw), Torrisi for best new restaurant [​IMG] (maybe most incredibly overhyped restaurant?), Wylie Dufresne or Gabrielle Hamilton for best NYC chef [​IMG] [​IMG] (double barf)

    +1 to all of these.

    and Cafe Boulud is great.
     
  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is Blue Hills NY no good? I have a friend who loves it, but he has no taste.
     
  5. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Is Blue Hills NY no good? I have a friend who loves it, but he has no taste.

    That's actually perfect because the food there has no taste. Everything is under-seasoned and floating in nages and broths. I think some people like the extra-light flavor concept - I'm not one of them
     
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    I used to adore Blue Hill, it was my personal favorite in NYC, but now think it's a bit "too big" for its confines. Regardless, not one of the best restaurants in the US, though very, very good. Note that the award requires having been open for ten years, so places like Per Se or BH@SB can't be nominated.

    I personally liked Coi when I visited, but haven't been to Benu. I thought it was overpriced, but it was good and the service was top notch. Also really liked Slanted Door, both times I've been.

    I found Blackbird to be pretty mediocre, however. Full of failed experiments.

    Of those not discussed previously, I also liked Ubuntu (Napa, Rising Chef), Momofuku Milk Bar (NYC, Rising Chef), Pok Pok (Portland, Regional), Redd (Yountville, Regional), Quince (SF, Regional) and 112 Eatery (Minneapolis, Regional)...

    but thought Le Pigeon (Portland, Rising Chef) and Heartland (St. Paul, Regional) were disappointing.
     
  8. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are these the same people who invite Amaryll Schwertner to their dinner parties?
    No, but the Blue Hills person is .
     
  9. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    the beards are mostly conversation-starters. i've been involved on both sides -- judging and competing -- for many years, and it's not in any way to be considered a reliable indicator of anything more than what a small group of fairly informed people think at any one particular moment.
    for me, honestly, i can say that winning is really nice, but being nominated always meant more ... the usual artist's bullshit of "how can you say one story/book was the best of the whole year?" but really, how can you?
    that said, i do have to admit that the biggest honor of my career has been/will probably ever be their who's who. mainly because you're nominated and voted only by those who are already members, and they only do a few a year.
     
  10. Rambo

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    You're on crack. My favorite Daniel restaurant.
    In Palm Beach? From what I've heard the one in NY is far and away the better of the two.
     
  11. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    In Palm Beach? From what I've heard the one in NY is far and away the better of the two.

    oh sorry, no. I didn't even know there was one in Palm Beach.
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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    oh sorry, no. I didn't even know there was one in Palm Beach.
    Yep. Its in the Breakers hotel.
     
  13. kwilkinson

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    Big winnars released

    Best New Restaurant (Presented by Mercedes-Benz): ABC Kitchen, NYC, Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Owner: Phil Suarez

    Outstanding Restaurateur Award: Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

    Outstanding Restaurant Award: Eleven Madison Park, NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer

    Outstanding Chef Award: JosÃ[​IMG] AndrÃ[​IMG]s, minibar, Washington, D.C.



    A hell of a lot of [​IMG]
     
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    A hell of a lot of [​IMG]


    why? ABC and EMP are awesome.
     
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    I have no doubt they're great restaurants. I do have doubts that they are the best in their respective categories. I know you disagree.
     
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    Keller had shoes engraved with the words "Death" and "Glory" [​IMG] ROFL! WTF. Foodguy, as a personal friend of his, please explain.
     
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    Keller had shoes engraved with the words "Death" and "Glory"
    [​IMG]





    ROFL! WTF. Foodguy, as a personal friend of his, please explain.


    too funny. i have absolutely no idea. that is very un-thomas.
     
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    pretty sure those are just a pair of Barker Black slippers
     
  19. kwilkinson

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    pretty sure those are just a pair of Barker Black slippers

    This doesn't make it any less WTFLOL
     

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