Awards Watch: Reception Chefs Q & A

The 2010 JBF Awards are just days away, and we're so excited to see our reception chefs and taste what they have in store for us. In anticipation of the big shindig, we picked these cooks' brains about everything from where they first toiled in the restaurant industry to their lofty ambitions. Perhaps the most amusing discovery was that chefs—whom many of us expect to possess an indiscriminate love for all things food—can still be picky eaters. Look below to see some of their aversions: "Canned tuna.  No matter how “good” any brand is, it is always terrible." –Christopher DiMinno, Clyde Common, Portland, OR "Greasy food." –Noriyuki Sugie, IRONNORI, Venice, CA "Balut

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Website

Citizens of the blogging community sure are opinionated! The response to our readers' choice poll on who deserves the medal for best food blog has been so huge that we've decided to keep the voting open a little while longer. At this moment, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook holds the lead with about 52 percent of the votes (and many cheering fans in the comments section), but Serious Eats still poses a threat in a not-too-far second place. We're also launching a new poll: best food-related website. Check out the nominees, then cast your vote below. Chow.com (Jane Goldman) Epicurious.com (Tanya W. Steel

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Food Blog

We asked and you voted: in our poll on who should win the medal for "Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs" at the James Beard Foundation Awards, "The Last Chinese BBQ" by Francis Lam emerged victorious. Congrats, Mr. Lam! Up next is the "Food Blog" category. Click on the links below to size up the candidates, then cast your vote at the end of the post. Grub Street New York (Aileen Gallagher, Daniel Maurer, and Alexandra Vallis) Serious Eats (Ed Levine) Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (Hank Shaw) [

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice

When the winners of our Media Awards are announced on May 2, it will reflect the backroom deliberations of our panel of judges, a seasoned but select group of media veterans. With all due respect to those bigwigs, we’re curious about who you think deserves to get the glory. So here at Delights & Prejudices we’re creating our own little version of the People’s Choice Awards, in which our readers, the Main Street consumers of food and food news, will vote for their favorite food media among our Awards nominees. We’ll provide links to the content and set up a state-of-the-art poll; all you have to do is read and vote. Our first category is “Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs.” Here are the three contenders, all outstanding in their own right:

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Awards Watch: Nominees Revealed!

In case you weren't following us on Twitter this morning, here are the JBF Awards nominees—including chefs, restaurants, cookbooks, and journalism—all in a plain old-fashioned PDF. We're only six weeks out from the big event (see more details about the ceremony and reception here), so you've got plenty of time to make your predictions and place some bets. (Hopefully you'll fare a tad better than you have in March Madness.)

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Awards Watch: Awards Theme and Hosts Announced

Beard medallion Italian maven Lidia Bastianich, fusion pioneer Wolfgang Puck, and kitchen science cognoscente Alton Brown will share the podium at this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, which will go down on Monday, May 3, at Lincoln Center. The theme of this year's ceremony is "The Legacy Continues," a nod to the lasting impact that James Beard and his successors have had on American cuisine. We're asking every chef who has won our Outstanding Chef award (Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, and others) to shine a spotlight on chefs whom they believe are extraordinary examples of excellence in our culinary world. The 2010 Awards Gala Reception will feature dishes from these established and emerging talents from around the country. (Some of our Outstanding Chef winners will be handing out this year's medals, so expect to see some of the big names in the house, too). We've also tapped Kelly Choi, host of Eat Out NY and Top Chef

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America's Classics: Doe's Eat Place

Doe's Eat Place Every one of America’s Classics has a unique story to tell, but together these restaurants represent the country’s rich fabric and illustrate how the closest communities cohere around food. As 2007 award recipient Shug Signa said about her family’s 68-year-old restaurant, Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi, “People come together, never meet a stranger, and it’s the American way.” This family-owned and -operated restaurant is an icon of the culinary and cultural landscape of the Mississippi Delta. Doe’s Eat Place grew out of a 1940s grocery store that sold homemade hot tamales, eventually transforming itself into a casual steak joint that served both the African-American and white communities in segregated Mississippi. Pivotal during the civil rights era, Doe’s Eat Place has become a symbol of the region’s multiracial culture. Learn more about America's Classics and watch a video about Doe's Eat Place by visiting

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On the Menu: November 29 to December 5

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, November 30, 7:00 P.M. Boston’s Grand Dining Soaring 52 stories above Boston’s Back Bay, the Top of the Hub is a city landmark, a can’t-miss dining experience that offers guests the rare combination of a breathtaking view and phenomenal food. Chef Marc Porcaro oversees the kitchen, where he crafts inventive interpretations of classic New England cuisine. Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M. Piedmontese White Truffle Dinner Under the tutelage of JBF Award winner Paul Bartolotta and Bartolotta’s own mentor Valentino Marcattilii, chef Juan Urbieta has mastered the art of Italian cooking. At this special event, he’ll pair decadent white truffle creations with the wines of Italy’s Piedmont region for

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