In better news, my beloved Food and Wine magazine has just named its best new chefs of 2009. Linton Hopkins of restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch has made the cut! He's also one of two GA chefs nominated for a James Beard award, so clearly this has been a very, very good year for Mr. Hopkins. Although not a new chef per se, he fits F&W's criteria of not being at the helm for longer than 5-years.
I am a huge fan of H&F, especially the divine fried oysters and post-10 pm burger, so I'm not surprised he's garnering national attention! Congrats, Chef Hopkins!
Check out the full F&W Best New Chef's list.