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James Beard Awards announced

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Jean Georges, the flagship of the chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, won the James Beard Foundation’s outstanding restaurant award Monday night and Drew Nieporent, a partner in Nobu and Corton in TriBeCa, was named outstanding restaurateur. Dan Barber of Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County won the outstanding chef award. The annual awards presentation was held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The rising star chef of the year award went to Nate…

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Terrible experience at MJ’s

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I had heard a lot of bad things about MJ’s Jazz Lounge before I even walked through the door on Thursday night. The manner in which they fired top chef Domenica Macchia, in which they basically hired her to design a four-star menu, which she did, and then fired her soon after the restaurant’s opening, did not sit well with me or many others in the restaurant community. Still, I had heard good things about the food. This may have…

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One of my favorite chefs lands a new gig

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From the Mouth of Tampa Bay: Big news, eaters! A while back I wrote about Dan Soronen’s new project, Shackleton’s Folly. Previously the owner of St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Tavern, Dan was venturing south to the Coquina Key Shopping Plaza (4300 6th St. S) for this new project, named for the Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton.He’s hired a chef. A good one. Domenica Macchia, former chef at MJ’s Martini Jazz and Tapas Lounge (see my rave review of her food here)…

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RIP: Hook Atsavinh, a great chef, a bad poker player

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ST. PETERSBURG — Hook Atsavinh, a popular area sushi chief and owner of Hook’s Sushi Bar and Thai Food, has died of unknown causes, his family said. – Atsavinh, 44, is a well known Pinellas fixture, having worked at 9 Bangkok Restaurant and Sushi Rock Grill before opening his own restaurant at 1210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. N St. in St. Petersburg. – His family said Atsavinh had been healthy but felt inceasingly ill over the last month. He…

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