The James Beard Foundation America's Classics Awards recognize restaurants with timeless appeal, beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Calumet Fisheries, a stand-alone hutch located on the Calumet River in Chicago, has been frying and smoking seafood since 1948. Its smoked salmon, shrimp, chubs and trout have been drawing crowds since it opened 62 years ago.
Rising Star Award winner Tim Hollingsworth is backstage beaming, as well he should be. It was fun to watch him come offstage and shake hands with chef Keller, toasting each other. Tim's been in New York since Saturday, doing some work with the Bocuse D'or team. He is 30 and has been cooking since he was 18. I love this guy.
Best chef in my neck of the woods is next....D.C.
Damn, Jeff Michaud the one guy with a resto in Philly won. Oh well. I was hoping for a Voltaggio moment but I guess he's famous enough for now. This goes along with my theory, no good food in D.C.! Besides the obvious ;)
Best Chef: Great Lakes: Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Philadelphia
Best Chef: Midwest: Alexander Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
Best Chef: New York City, Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
And another America’s Classics Award was announced: Mary & Tito’s Cafe, Albuquerque, NM
Bernie Sun is accepting his award....adorable, self-deprecating, and, of
course, drinking wine. He said, "Oh my god, I can't feel my feet!" Very
charming. Speech-wise, he is the Sandra Bullock of the night.
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