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Bay Area Comes up Big in James Beard Awards
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Paolo Lucchesi | May 6, 2014
The food-world Oscars go to Slanted Door, Coi, and more local spots.
The Bay Area cleaned up at last night James Beard Foundation Awards in New York City, winning four categories outright, including the top honors, which went to Charles Phan's Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. (Winning the "outstanding restaurant" category is the equivalent of picking up one of the really important Oscars, like for original screenplay.) Read our reviews of Phan's new restaurants, Hard Water and South.
Phan was joined by three other Bay Area awardees, including Coi's Daniel Patterson, who picked up honors for Best Chef in the West. Just between you and us, he also had the haunted look of a man just told he had twenty-fours hours to live (see the picture above) rather than someone who just won a major accolade. Read our coverage of him here.
In addition to those two awards, honors also went to three-Michelin starred spot The Restaurant at Meadowood for Outstanding service and to local design firm Jensen Architects for their work on Healdsburg's Shed.
The Bay Area also picked up one award en passant, with April Bloomfield of New York's Spotted Pig notching Best Chef in New York. Since she also works at North Beach's Tosca, we're counting that as a win too.
Outstanding Restaurant: The Slanted Door (San Francisco)
Best Chef, West: Daniel Patterson, Coi (San Francisco)
Outstanding Service: The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena)
Oustanding Restaurant Design (76 Seat and Over): Jensen Architects for Shed (Healdsburg)