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.
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."
Barry Wine is generally pleased about the whole women in food stuff. With some exceptions. "You know I make jewelry. Well Padma Lakshmi is making jewelry now too. Her line just launched at Bergdorf's, today, I think. Well I've got a message for her," he says showing off his golden baubles. "Mine are bigger. "
Co-host Stanley Tucci and writer/director Nora Ephron introduced a clip from the soon-to-be-released Sony feature Julie & Julia, based on the book by JBF Award winner Julie Powell, who was a guest blogger for us at last year's awards.
If you happen to run into chef Jody Williams tonight (she's a part of the live blogging posse) and you feel inclined to talk about her lovely place Gottino, what ever you do, do not call it a wine bar, even if you say it is the bestest most charming wine bar in the universe, you will be rebuffed. It is a gastroteca. Someone please alert Websters.
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.
Medal-winner Clark Wolf is dressed in black tie on black shirt. Was the monochrome look planned with an eye to the addition of an orange medal ribbon? Clark wisely ignores the sartorial accusation. "In 1984 I worked with Chris Kimball on the first awards," he says. "Afterwards I told him, great concept, lousy party. He said f-ck you, you do it. So for the next 3 or 4 years I did."
Editor's note: Wolf is referring to the first Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America awards. The first JBF Awards were in 1991.
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