Monday, March 22, 2010

James Beard Nominees Announced

This year's James Beard nominees were announced today. In the Southeast, the nominees are:

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten
Athens, GA

Sean Brock
Charleston, SC

Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene

Andrea Reusing
Chapel Hill, NC

Bill Smith
Crook’s Corner
Chapel Hill, NC

I've only had the pleasure of dining at Restaurant Eugene and Crook's Corner, and my vote is with my hometown fave, Hopkins, although I actually prefer Holeman and Finch to the swankier Eugene. I'm dying to get up to Five and Ten, too, but for now I can't actually speak to Acheson's culinary prowess. And how about my college town getting more slots on the list than Atlanta? My Heels may have stank up the basketball court this year, but apparently we were rocking the kitchen!

Read the rest of the nominees here.



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