James Beard Awards

Beard Predictions: Rising Star Chef

Timothy Hollingsworth at the Bocuse d'Or
Timothy Hollingsworth at the Bocuse d’Or

Throughout the day, Grub Street will post its predictions for tonight’s James Beard Awards. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees.

Rising Star Chef of the Year
“A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.” Recent winners include Nate Appleman, Gavin Kaysen, and David Chang.

Timothy Hollingsworth, The French Laundry, Yountville, California
For Him: The San Francisco Chronicle named Hollingsworth a rising star already, and he is under Thomas Keller’s watchful guidance. Hollingsworth repped the U.S. in the Bocuse d’or in 2009 — exactly as 2008 Rising Star winner Gavin Kaysen did.
Against Him: Almost nothing.

Johnny Monis
, Komi, Washington D.C.
For Him: Nominated twice previously for this award, and in his last year of eligibility. The Washington Post called him “one of the youngest food stars in the community.” Named a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2007.
Against Him: Timothy Hollingsworth

Gregory Pugin, Veritas, New York City
For Him: Grew up in France and worked under Joël Robuchon — “you couldn’t ask for better credentials,” Alan Richman wrote in 2008 .
Against Him: First nomination and a low profile in New York.

Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, Oregon
For Him: Third consecutive nomination in this category. Named a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2007. Cooks with offal.
Against Him: Timothy Hollingsworth

Sue Zamanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans
For Her: Nominated in this category in 2009. Named Best New Chef in 2008. New Orleans Magazine named her “Chef of the Year” in 2008.
Against Her: Timothy Hollingsworth

Grub Street Predicts: Timothy Hollingsworth

With Thomas Keller’s blessing and a significant role at the French Laundry, this award belongs to Hollingsworth.

Update: And we were correct. [Twitter]

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Beard Predictions: Rising Star Chef