This week, my shelter was popped by learning about “the Oscars of food.” Imagine, all the Oscars you can eat! These “Oscars” are the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards and they are given for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and/or culinary education.
These awards acknowledge the best chef, best restaurant, best new restaurant, best wine program, whom to watch as a rising-star chef, and more. If you want to know where to eat for special occasions – this list is a good one to have. The nominees are voted-on by 600 of their professional peers, so you know they’re doing something right - from the people who know the business.
I like to eat and I love to dine (read: go out, be served, eat all the courses, drink all the drinks, and enjoy the entire experience) so it’s about time I got savvy to these awards! But the real eye-opener for me was being a waitress to one of the winners – and he was kind, courteous, “normal” and left a fantastic gratuity. Such things may seem trivial, for someone who doesn’t/hasn’t worked in a restaurant, but for a top chef to extend graciousness to a front-of-house person (that’s industry speak for servers/bartenders/bussers/hosts) was such a refreshing change that it inspired me to research who these JBF winners are!
And they’re just people, ya’ll… Talented, hard-working people. Now, let’s go eat! (P.S. wk 4)