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News Mon Mar 22 2010

Chicago's James Beard Award Finalists

jbf2010.pngThe James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards, and there are plenty of Chicago names on it. Here's who to watch for on May 2-3:

Best Chef - Great Lakes: Michael Carlson, Koren Grieveson, Arun Sampanthavivat and Bruce Sherman
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Mindy Segal
Outstanding Restaurant Award: Spaggia
Outstanding Service Award: Alinea
Outstanding Restaurateur: Rich Melman
America's Classics Award: Calumet Fisheries (as previously announced)
Book - Writing & Literature: Terra Brockman for The Seasons on Henry's Farm
Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants or Chefs: Kevin Pang for "Plan D"
Newspaper Feature Writing: The Reader's Mike Sula for "The Charcuterie Underground" and Cliff Doerksen for "The Real American Pie"
Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition: Monica Eng for "Nacho Lunch? Yes, Every Day"
Multimedia Food Feature: Kevin Pang for The Cheeseburger Show
Television Segment: Steve Dolinsky for "The Hungry Hound" on ABC7
Best Television Food Personality: Rick Bayless
Audio Webcast or Radio Show: Eight Forty-Eight
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Korn Design for Mercat a la Planxa

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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