Snack: Checking in with the volunteers

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. photo-1

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Adam Sachs: Brief conversations with anonymous food folks II

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.

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Jody Williams: Guess where?

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.

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Louise McCready: Mary Sue Milliken breaks it down

"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."

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Louise McCready: The great Julia

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.

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Adam Sachs: Mike Lata, Best Chef: Southeast

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."

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Adam Sachs: Barry Wine on women

Barry Wine is generally pleased about the whole women in food stuff. With some exceptions. "You know I make jewelry. Well Padma Lakshmi is making jewelry now too. Her line just launched at Bergdorf's, today, I think. Well I've got a message for her," he says showing off his golden baubles. "Mine are bigger. " Rings by Barry

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Meredith Arthur: Such a treat...

To hear Nora Ephron talking about filmmaking. I'm laughing at the two-minute segment they shared and marvelling at how tall they made Meryl Streep seem. I will definitely be seeing this film.

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Snack: Gastroteca

If you happen to run into chef Jody Williams tonight (she's a part of the live blogging posse) and you feel inclined to talk about her lovely place Gottino, what ever you do, do not call it a wine bar, even if you say it is the bestest most charming wine bar in the universe, you will be rebuffed. It is a gastroteca. Someone please alert Websters.

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Louise McCready: Philly pride

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic winner Jose Garces's favorite Philadelphia restaurant is Osteria, the other fabulous restaurant that opened during my senior year of school in the city of Brotherly Love. Mark Vetri, who first opened his self-titled restaurant, Vetri, is in a class of his own. Both Amada and Vetri are musts if you want to spend a little more than a couple bucks on the ubiquitous  cheesesteak.

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