The long list for the nominees for the James Beard Awards has been released. “Long list? What do you mean?” you ask. Basically, this is the list of people nominated to be nominated for Beard Awards. As you might recall, last year, Todd English won for Best Food Special for his program Food Trip with Todd English and Frank McClelland was named Best Chef: Northeast. Who is in the running towards becoming a nominee this year? Let’s take a look:
•Christopher Myers of Myers + Chang, Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay for Outstanding Restaurateur.
•Patrick Connelly of Radius, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Steve Johnson of Rendezvous, Michael Leviton of Lumiere (and very soon, of Persephone as well), Tony Maws of Craigie Street Bistrot, and Marc Orfaly of Pigalle for Best Chef: Northeast.
•Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
•Hamersley’s Bistro for Outstanding Restaurant.
•Pigalle and Radius for Outstanding Service.
•Jim Koch of Sam Adams for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional.
•Myers + Chang and O Ya for Best New Restaurant.
We’re going to reserve full commentary until the short list of nominees is announced, but we will say now that with no less than four nods for his restaurants, Christopher Myers is probably having the best week ever.
[Photo: James Beard Foundation]