Nominations for the James Beard Awards were released today...and in case you missed it, Seattle has a nice spot in the limelight.
The list is filled with familiar faces, but I especially want to congratulate fellow blogger Heidi Swanson (101 Cookbooks). Her book, "Super Natural Cooking" is filled with stunning photography and delicious, straight-forward recipes. It received a nomination in the Healthy Focus category. Kudos Heidi!
And now, without further ado, here are the Seattle nominations:
MULTIMEDIA WRITING ON FOOD
"A Chef's So-called Life: What Movies Get Right-and Wrong-About Life in the Kitchen"
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD
Owners: The Canlis Family
BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
AMERICA'S CLASSICS (Restaurants)
304 Sixth Avenue, Seattle
Owner: Jean Nakayama
With a rich history that stretches over a century--it has been around through both world wars, Japanese Internment, and has even seen one of its former dishwashers become the Prime Minister of Japan--Maneki is the only surviving restaurant from Seattle's once-bustling Japantown. Comfort food dishes like agedashi tofu and takoyaki share the menu with sushi and sashimi, satisfying homesick Japanese locals and introducing a new generation to traditional and Japanese cooking.