Monday, March 23, 2009

J. Gold, Bazaar, Suzanne Goin among James Beard nominees

Congratulations to Los Angeles area James Beard Foundation nominees:
for journalism: to Jonathan Gold, and to Andrew Knowlton and Epicurious for websites; and to San Francisco-based, parent of our beloved Chowhound;
to Barbara Fairchild and Dorie Greenspan for Bon Appetit columns and cookbooks;
to Philippe Starck for the design of Bazaar;
to Suzanne Goin for outstanding chef;
to the Bazaar for best new restaurant and to Patina for wine service.

Final awards are handed out May 4 in N.Y.

Do you agree that L.A. was again kinda robbed?


MyLastBite said...

I'm so thrilled for the staff at The Bazaar!

Anonymous said...

go johnathan !!!!

Anonymous said...

Again, Bay Area restaurants sweep the Beard nominations, at least as far as Best Chef: California, which is the one that counts. And again the process is exposed as ludicrous. Palate and Animal should certainly have been finalists for best new restaurant - Bazaar is more like best new franchise - and though I have respect for Patterson, Kinch, etc., it is definitely time for Cimarusti, Meyer and Citrin to be recognized nationally. L.A. kind of was jobbed.

Anonymous said...

No. LA is an ethnic food town; our "fine restaurants" are about on par with St. Louis's. Gold's and Goin's nominations are about right; I would have been surprised to see any others.

And yeah, I'm a native, and even I think we can't compete with Seattle, let alone San Francisco or Chicago, and forget New York. This city just won't support actual fine dining - its citizen just don't put a premium on it.