Greetings from New York, where the third time’s the charm for Jason Wilson, a three-time nominee who bested Seattle-chef Ethan Stowell and a trio of Portland contenders to win the 2010 James Beard Award for “Best Chef Northwest.” The owner of five-year-old Crush restaurant took to the stage at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall tonight, thanking his staff and his mentors (including Jeremiah Tower and Michael Mina who were watching from the audience), as well as his wife Nicole, whom he acknowledged as his restaurant’s “visionary.” Here’s what Wilson had to say shortly before getting the good news:
Perpetual nominee Tom Douglas did not bring home the “Outstanding Restaurateur” medal this year, ceding that national title to New York City’s Keith McNally. Convinced it would be another no-go and putting his bet on McNally (bingo!), Douglas stayed in Seattle where he’ll be hosting Federal Way-homeboy Mario Batali Tuesday night at a sold-out book-signing event at the Palace Ballroom.
In other news out of NYC, the PBS series Chefs A ‘Field (co-produced by Seattle-based KCTS and Warner Hanson Television) won a James Beard media award for best TV show filmed on location, with its fabulous fish-tale “King of Alaska” — an episode whose show-stopper starred the mighty Yukon River king salmon.