Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Making the cutoff from the Carolinas were:
Outstanding Chef: Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston (above).
For Rising Star (a national award): Katie Button of Cúrate in Asheville (at right).
Outstanding Wine Program: Charleston's FIG.
(By the way, you could win a flight to New York with Sean Brock of Charleston's Husk and McCrady's, plus $5,000 and a ticket to the awards ceremony and two night's hotel stay here.)
Other nominees worth noting:
In the Broadcast category, "A Chef's Life," featuring chef Vivian Howard of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, was nominated for TV Program on Location, while Sarah LeTrent, a Charlotte native and South Mecklenburg grad who is associate producer of CNN's food website Eatocracy, also was nominated, as co-producer of "American Journey" on CNN and CNN.com, one of the final five in the Television Segment category.
Semifinalists (aka "the long list") from the Carolinas not moving forward were:
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Phoebe Lawless of Durham's Scratch.
Outstanding Restaurant: The Fearrington House in Pittsboro.
Outstanding Restaurateur: Giorgios Bakatsias of Giorgios Hospitality Group in Durham (he's got Georges in Charlotte, too).
Outstanding Service: McCrady's.
The process: Anyone can nominate (up to two per category); then Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee (critics, writers, editors) cull about 20 in each category (it varies a bit) and those lists of semifinalists go to a voting body (former Beard Award winners, the committee members and other regional panelists), who picks five "nominees," then the final winner.
Posted by Helen Schwab at 11:54 AM