Monday, May 4, 2009

Hudson Valley chefs, authors win James Beard awards

The Hudson Valley made a great showing in tonight's James Beard Foundation awards -- the "Oscars" of the culinary world.

WineWise -- written by a trio of professors at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park -- won best beverage book. Authors included Michael Weiss, who has been wines columnist for Hudson Valley Connoisseur magazine for the past three years, Steven Kolpan, wines columnist for the Valley Table magazine, and Brian H. Smith. Congratulations to all!

Also, Westchester County chef Dan Barber won the prestigious Outstanding Chef award. Way to go!

You can read about all the awards in this story from USA Today.

The ceremony was hosted by Cat Cora, Emeril Lagasse and Stanley Tucci at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Awards in 38 categories were presented, including Restaurant and Chef, Book, Design and Graphics, and special achievement awards.

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