No need to sugarcoat any of this news; it's already pretty sweet!
As if that weren't enough pastry excitement, a casting crew from Bravo will be in town next week interviewing potential pastry chef contestants for the second season of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts reality baking competition program (www.bravotv.com/casting). The interviews will take place at Olivia (2043 S. Lamar) on Wednesday, March 2, from 10am to 2pm. If the first season's cast is any indication, they'll be looking for flamboyant personalities in addition to pastry artistry.
The James Beard Foundation recently announced the nominations for best regional chefs and pastry chefs around the country. Kudos to chefs Tyson Cole and Paul Qui and pastry chef Philip Speer, all of the Uchi/Uchiko restaurant family, on their nominations. Winners will be announced by the Beard Foundation at a gala in New York City in May.
Every spring, Food & Wine magazine recognizes the 10 Best New Chefs in the country in a special issue of the publication. Previous winners from Austin include David Bull, Will Packwood, and Tyson Cole. This year, the magazine is partnering with CNN's Eatocracy to sponsor a People's Choice Best New Chef Award. Ten chef contestants have been chosen in each of 10 regions around the country, and the public is encouraged to vote for the winners from Feb. 15 through March 1. Finalists in each region will appear in the magazine. Austin nominees in the Southwest region include Andrew Curren of 24 Diner, James Holmes of Olivia, Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck Farm to Trailer/Barley Swine, and Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due Supper Club. To vote for your favorite Austin chef, go to www.eatocracy.com/foodandwine or www.foodandwine.com. Do it now!
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