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    When these came out last year, I noticed that the chef from Panciuto was listed (he's on there again this year) and so planned a great Anniversary dinner. It ended up being one of the worst meals I've had in years. Aspects were so glaring that I not only wrote off the restaurant, but also these lists. But that's just me... Not saying that none of these places aren't great or that they don't deserve the recognition, but I don't think I'll be going anywhere just because they're on the James Beard award list anymore.

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    I worked under one of the finalist for the Best Chef Southeast before I moved back to Charlotte last year. I worked for HMG who owns Blossom, Cypress, and Magnolias in Charleston SC. I did most of my work at Blossom but I did spend time working under Craig Deihl at Cypress and sometime at Magnolias too. Craig is an awesome guy, he is bat **** crazy but a cool guy. Blossom is connected to Cypress and if anyone in Charleston I suggest trying all 3 of the restaurants.

    A ton of our guys had gone to work for Ken Verdinski at Lucca also 2 of our sous chefs and 2 or 3 line cooks. He is also an awesome cook and it is no surprise for such a small city that Charleston always has 3-4 on the list.

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    I was looking and wyoming has 1 restaurant, were I am working now broke away from them. I never met the chef, but the concept wasn't paying the bills in Cheyenne.

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    Drinky,


    Have you been to La Belle Vie in Minneapolis?

    How is that in a category for Best New?


    They were in Stillwater before Mpls.
    And have been in Mpls for at least a couple of years, no?

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    Three in Mil town, One who is perpetually on the list that I predict will win, the others, a focusless young dude and a chick that gets tons of pub but her resto sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    It also perpetuates the "rockstar" myth that chefs seem to have these days.
    Look who's talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by add View Post
    Drinky,


    Have you been to La Belle Vie in Minneapolis?

    How is that in a category for Best New?


    They were in Stillwater before Mpls.
    And have been in Mpls for at least a couple of years, no?

    No, I have not been to La Belle Vie. To much new stuff of interest, so I haven't gotten there yet.

    As for it being up for best new restaurant, the layout is confusing in the JBA document. You have to read to the bottom of page one column one, then go to the top of the second column on the same page and read down. La Belle Vie is actually in the 'outstanding bar program' category.

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    Interesting list. I was surprised to see the Columbia on there and not Berns. The Columbia is a local treasure here in the Tampa Bay as it has been around since dirt was invented, but from what I have seen, it generally not considered to be that "high end" by contemporary standards. They serve traditional hybridized old Tampa Spanish-Cuban food. Side Berns made the South regional list, but once agains the original did not.

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    I had forgotten all about this thing. My boss loves that he can make the list at our downtown restaurant...hopefully he also loves that his sushi bar where I work pays all the bills lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    Three in Mil town, One who is perpetually on the list that I predict will win, the others, a focusless young dude and a chick that gets tons of pub but her resto sucks.
    NYC has their fair share of mediocre 'stars' as well. Too bad the great ones have to share the same page as the also rans.
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