JBF Awards Highlights!

 

We want to thank everyone who made last night's festivities such a huge success. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees!

 

Here's a highlight reel from our amazing Awards production team at Linton Media. You can see more of their work on our YouTube channel.

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Complete List of 2013 JBF Award Winners

 

The medals have all been handed out! Here's a complete list of the 2013 JBF Award winners.

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Winner Recap!

 

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Brooks Headley, Del Posto, NYC

 

Best New Restaurant: State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

 

Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America Inductee: Zarela Martinez, Chef and Restaurateur, NYC

 

Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America Inductee: Michael Mina, Chef and Restaurateur, San Francisco

 

Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America Inductee:  Bill Yosses, Author and Pastry Chef, Washington, D.C.

 

Outstanding Restaurateur: Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin, NYC

 

Outstanding Service: Del Posto, NYC

 

Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill, NYC

 

Outstanding Chef: (tie) David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC, and Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago

 

 

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Gala Chef Q & A: David Myers

David Myers

 

David Myers, Hinoki & the Bird, San Francisco

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Late-night pasta and wine, followed by Gummi Bears.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why?

I have a lot, but Blade Runner is my go-to movie. The music by Vangelis is perfect.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

Sushi in Tokyo at Nakamura.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I don’t focus on one dish. I like the ability to change constantly.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Picking vegetables from the garden and cooking them right away as a part of my daily task.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

A four-minute boiled egg and crispy nori.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins

JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardins

 

JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Tortilla chips and salsa.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

I had a great bite the other night: griddled rice cake with uni in soy butter and watercress. It was divine—texture, flavors, everything.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I don’t have favorites—that would be like saying you have a favorite child.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn with real butter.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Eating oatmeal in my high chair.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Cottage cheese with coarse salt, pepper, and olive oil.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Lacinato kale.

 

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Food in Film: Gourmets

From food fights to fava beans and a nice Chianti, here are some more memorable food scenes.

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz

 

JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz, The Aviary, Chicago

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Pizza.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why

Big Fish. It's a fairy tale and a life lesson.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

The French Laundry—need I say more?

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Cheese-flavored Pirate's Booty.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Making cherry Jell-O.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Coffee.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Juices from Peeled, a local juice company.

 

What was your first job in the culinary world?

At my parents’ restaurant.

 

What movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

The Goonies.

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Gabriel Rucker

JBF Award winner Gabriel Rucker

 

JBF Award Winner Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why?

The Last of the Mohicans—the beautiful cinematography and the history.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

Lunch at our favorite spot: Clark Lewis. Great fresh salads and handmade pastas with the most amazing ragù. I always treat my son with the respect of an adult diner even though he is only one.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

Right now, scallops with fresh heart of palm.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Sour Patch Kids.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Eating sweetbreads at the CIA in Napa. [I had] no idea what they were, but I loved them.

 

What do you... Read more >

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Winner Recap!

 

America’s Classic: Frank Fat’s, Sacramento, CA

 

Outstanding Restaurant Design Award: 75 Seats and Under: Design Firm: Taavo Somer; Designer: Taavo Somer; Project: Isa, Brooklyn, NY

 

Outstanding Restaurant Design Award: 76 Seats and over: Design Firm: Alejandro Barrios Carrero Designs; Designer: Alejandro Barrios Carrero; Project: Juvia, Miami Beach, FL

 

America’s Classic: C.F. Folks, Washington, D.C.

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America's Classic: C. F. Folks

 

1225 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
Owner: Art Carlson

 

Art Carlson’s weekday-only lunch haunt on Dupont Circle, open since 1981, is a 600-square-foot temple of honest cooking and goodwill. (The name combines the initials of Carlson and his business partner, Peggy Fredricksen.) The vibe is loud and scrappy, and the food is delicious. Art Carlson, the ever-present host, is one of the last of a dying breed: a hands-on owner who schmoozes and teases his customers, often at the same time.

 

The place, with its 11 counter stools, is comfortable in its age. Behind the long Formica counter, racks of cookbooks from Julia Child and fellow titans share space with scribbled postcards, a rattletrap stereo system, a collection of old political campaign buttons, and a jumble of knickknacks including a Presidential Barbie and dusty cans of Alpo and Cheez Whiz.

 

The cooking is in the hands of George Vetsch, a veteran... Read more >

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