Central Florida James Beard Award Nominees snubbed again…

Central Florida James Beard Award Nominees snubbed again…

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Another year, another no win for our Central Florida area chefs. As reported by Scott Joseph and Tampa Bay Tribune’s Jeff Houck, who are both judges for the James Beard award, none of the final five finalists for Best Chef of the South even came from Florida. Four of the finalists hail from New Orleans and one from Birmingham, Alabama. The final nominees were announced live yesterday at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The James Beard Award nominees from Central Florida, Chefs James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig, Chef Henry Salgado of Spanish River Grill, and Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria and Albert’s, have all been snubbed.   It really is frustrating.

Maybe the judges at the James Beard look down on Orlando or don’t believe that good food can be had here. Orlando is more than just a town with Disney / Universal theme park food. Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort is just an example of what great food exists even within the limits of the theme parks.  The City Beautiful has a flavor and a foodie culture that is becoming more sophisticated each day. When will the time come Orlando have its day, to stand among the greats?


The below are the final nominees for Best Chef of the South


Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans

Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, Ala.

Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

For the Complete List of James Beard Award Final Nominees for 2012 click here. Winners will be announced May 4, 2012.

Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google


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