The finalists for this year's James Beard Awards were announced, and guess what? Our very own Tom Colicchio was nominated for Outstanding Chef and Bryan Voltaggio was nominated for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. I have to say the quality of Tom's food goes without saying (um, Colicchio & Sons just earned three stars in The New York Times), but the food at VOLT is ridic. Although Frederick, MD is a little harder to get to than, say, New York City, it's worth the trip. My meal there was maybe one of the best I've ever had.
So, share your congrats with Tom and Bryan below, and keep your fingers crossed! The winners will be announced May 3rd.
Congrats to both of the them. That's amazing news. Brian should have been the winner of TC. His baby brother won based on a better sob story (since 2 of Mike's finale courses tanked)...
You are both amazing cooks. I miss watching you create. My best of luck at the awards. You'll both come home winners!!
Congrats, chefs! Couldn't happen to two nicer, classy guys.
Living in Dallas, I've only dined at Craft here, but it was a wonderful experience. Maybe a road trip up North through Maryland into NYC is in order?
Good luck in May - fingers crossed for you.
I live two blocks up the street from Volt. We in Frederick are so proud. It's worth the drive and Frederick is lovely in the spring. We are cheering for Bryan and Tom!
Congrats to Tom and Bryan! My husband and I would love to plan trips to MD and NYC and add dining in these restaurants to our itinerary!
Just looked at the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award nominees press release. Didn't see Kevin G's name on there. Not that he doesn't deserve a nomination (visited Atlanta last October and had my favorite meal of 2009 at Woodfire), but he might not be eligible this year--has to have been working in his state for 3 consecutive years and I believe he moved back to Atlanta in 2008 or 2009.
Looks like Kevin was a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef (under 30) but not a finalist. This blog was about the finalists--so that's why he wasn't mentioned. He'll probably get a nom next year if he's eligible for Best Southeast Chef.