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!
Aldo Sohm is adorable and entirely self deprecating. He just won for Outstanding Wine Service. Now they are opening old wounds and Ted Allen is recapping last night's award ceremonies (I lost in the webcast category and CHOW lost in the website category), which has me already looking forward to next year.
Forget the Most Beautiful People in the World on the cover, serious foodies are flipping past those pages in this week's People
to see what the five JBF Outstanding Chef Award nominees can cook with $10. The real question is who will walk away with the top award of the night. .
Which is a good thing as it means there's more and more interest. I think we need a bigger room and more cocktail sponsors!
He's hosting this evening apparently because he plays Paul Child in the upcoming film Julie and Julia--he's brought a special sneak peek with him, he says. I'm looking forward to it since like everyone else I am enchanted by any story I can find of Julia and Paul's relationship. By the way, SF hometown boy Nate Appleman just won rising star of the year, first award of the night.
Barry Wine stops by to mention that he received the first award from none other then James Beard himself at one of the first Awards ceremony.
Editor's Note: James Beard died in 1985. The first Beard Awards was held in 1991. Wine is probably referring to his 1984 induction into the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Hendricks gin table in the press room: combining cocktail hour with tea time.
And I'm very impressed by the huge screen. Huge as in
full-stage-Avery-Hall-giant. It means you can see every detail of the
presenters. The room is highlighted in pink (theme is women, after all)
and the spotlights are purple,casting the whole thing in a pastel
glaze. A delicious cotton candy presentation indeed.
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?
Ted Allen says it is about time to pay homage to the under-represented other half.