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: 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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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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Louise McCready: Oysters

Hank's oyster bar and commonwealth gastropub preparing swiss chard and baby carrot stuffed pickled trout rolls. img00031

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Meredith Arthur: Hines wins Best Chef: Northwest

I hadn't heard of Seattle-based chef Maria Hines, but she made a great entrance. She was out cooking for the event and came running in to accept her Best Chef: Northwest award in the nick of time. When she did make it to the stage she thanked her wife for allowing her to put a lien on the house to open the restaurant. It was adorable and showed how truly hardworking chefs really are.

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Jody Williams: Women and money

Jamie Leeds---the chef of Hank's Oyster Bar and Commonwealth Gastropub in Washington, D.C.---has three restaurants. She did it in five years. Women need to talk about money: how did you finance your restaurants? Leeds cashed out her 401k and mortgaged her house! Advice to the young: follow your dream even if you have to buy secondhand plates!

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Jody Williams: Cracking the glass ceiling

I asked 22 year-old CIA graduate Nicole whether it's still harder for women in the kitchen. She says women still have to work twice as hard. Her boss, Maria Hines of Tilth (who works for love and finances her own restaurant), tells women to stand their ground and become chefs!

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Adam Sachs: Screaming fans

Smiling stragglers Wiley Dufresne and Dave Chang are standing together saying something to the diminishing press line. There are some fans and I believe they are literally screaming. Or cooing. Seeing the two of them makes me think of their eponymous hot dogs at PDT. Hungry. How long till the gala?

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Jody Williams: About time

Ted Allen says it is about time to pay homage to the under-represented other half.

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