Louise McCready: Last award

Outstanding Chef Dan Barber's speech: "I remember telling my father, I want to be a chef. He said, why? I said, I love food. He said, I love books, but I don't read for a living...As the economy collapsed, most industries died down to the lowest common denominator. But fine dining didn't become less fine and I credit managers, and mostly chefs, who refuse to lower that bar and love food and continue serving good food."

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Meredith Arthur: It may be late in the evening...

But it's never too late for Jean Georges to win for Outstanding Restaurant and Dan Barber to win for Outstanding Chef. Not too surprising overall. In fact no surprises. But well deserved success all around. Congrats to the winners. What a happy night for them all.

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Jody Williams: My favorite

Holly Smith does green apple sorbet (perfect) topped with crab meat (fresh and succulent) with a pinch of crab buttet powder!!! Get upstairs and get it!

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Jody Williams: Let the tasting begin

Jennifer Petrusky's fava bean and onion surprise is a great start to the tastes being served by women chefs. Anita Lo's steak tartar has added surprise---she personally spoons a granita of asian pear juice into each dish.

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Louise McCready: Mario Batali's picks for Outstanding Chef

"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." --Mario Batali

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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: 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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