Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Timothy Hollingsworth Needs a Vodka Tonic, Stat

Go California: Timothy Hollingsworth just won Rising Star Chef and even though he’s currently sipping some champers, I asked what he’d really like to be sipping on. That’s right: a vodka tonic. Someone get the guy a drink.

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Shut Up, Foodies: Press Room Snacks

Artisanal cheese flanked by cranberry walnut garnishy potpourri? I mean, is it edible? -Meatball

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Carol Blymire: Grant Achatz? Also My Homeboy

Sporting some hot Ermenegildo Zegna shoes, chef Grant Achatz (with his lovely girlfriend, Heather) heckled me as I tried to ask him some very serious questions: Q: What if I told you part of your presentation was that you had to dance across the stage with Kate Gosselin? A: :::::crickets::::: (eyes rolling) Q: What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to food? A: Ice cream. Any flavor. Q: What superhero power do you want most? A: (answered by his girlfriend) X-Ray vision!!!!!! Q: What did you have for breakfast? A: Juice and pizza from room service. Q: What's your favorite swear word? A: Carol, I don't swear. (At this his colleague, friend, and business partner Nick Kokonas busted out laughing. For a good five minutes.) Q: When can I come have drinks at Aviary? A: Soon...very soon.

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Shut Up, Foodies: Cover Art

We're trying to parse the cover of the brochure. Pants, planets, a chef's hat, and a STARFRUIT. Get it? -Snacktime

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Shup Up, Foodies: Death by Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless is in the press room! Dying. -Meatball

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Just to Give You an Idea of the ADD here...

I just saw Batali, Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud, and Rick Bayless within 35 seconds of each other. Brain overload in the press room.

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Apron Anxiety: Timothy Hollingsworth

Timothy of French Laundry won the Rising Star award! He seems very kind and humble. Spike also worked for Thomas Keller...now I'm thinking there's something in that Napa water. Real gentlemen!!

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: More Footwear

Bryan Voltaggio keepin' it real.

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Apron Anxiety: Observations

Early observations of Awards: Sam Mason is the tallest in the chef lineup and definitely the most handsome. Daniel Boulud ran into the show at the last minute, and Tom Colicchio dashed in with his beautiful wife at last minute, too!

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Awards Watch: First Awards of the Night

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Timothy Hollingsworth, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA America’s Classics: Calumet Fisheries, Chicago Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional: John Shafer and Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards, Napa, CA Outstanding Wine Service: Jean Georges, NYC, Wine Director: Bernard Sun

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