Frequent JBF Journalism Award winner, New Orleans writer Brett Anderson on what makes dining in NYC special: "I got to town and went to dinner at Graydon Carter's place, the Waverly Inn. I sat next to the rapper Nas. He was with some beautiful women and I thought he was married. Then I get in a taxi and you know they have these TVs? Well theres a news thing about Nas and how he and his wife have split."
Award winner John T Edge, Donut Expert and the Nicest Southern Man in the World, talks about Jack "I've Got Nine Children, Four on the Side" Arnold (the World's Best Food Award Speech Giver). "Jack and his beautiful wife run the best meat-and-three in Nashville, which is by definition the best meat-and-three in America," says Edge. "He makes amazing fried green tomatoes, beautiful green---he's not buying canned shit. He's locally focused, seasonally focused but he is not a precious son of a bitch."
"I couldn't bet on it. Actually, last week, I was at the Kentucky Derby, and you know how I won my money? I put $2 on every horse in the 11th race, and I won $140."
Student volunteer Matt decided to get in the game. He came on duty at 8:30 tonight. He knows the awards are prestigious and is looking forward to working with chef Zuckerman of Chanterelle. The hardest part of the night was finding the coat room to drop off his stuff.
Q: Which female food person are you most excited to see here?
A: I saw David Chang and...
Q: You know...
A: I know, I know. I'm more interested in the guys. Hmmmm...I heard Padma Lakshmi is ridiculously tall.
The Greenwich Village pack (a group chefs including myself) admits that we keep 105 Christopher Street local locale a secret---the best Tuscan in town is a women owner chef with 8 tables.
"There once was a day when seeing a woman in the kitchen was as unusual as an African-American in the kitchen."
--Mary Sue Milliken
Editors' Note: The above quotation contains an error. Mary Sue Milliken actually stated, "There once was a day when seeing a woman in the kitchen was as unusual as an African-American in the White House."
They just showed a clip of the new movie, Julie & Julia
. Perhaps Julia WAS the first female chef...a clip of her practicing how to chop onions to impress the all-male classmates she was up against at the Cordon Bleu. I'm not too sure I would choose onions to practice on, but then again, that indomitable woman might not have been bothered by silly little onion tears.
Mike Lata seems very calm. "I took a beta blocker. My doctor gave me one just for stage fright. You can print that. I've been nominated three times, this is my first win. It's nice to lose to great people but it's great to win. I feel very good now."