Jason Wilson, chef/owner of Crush restaurant in Seattle, won "Best Chef: Northwest" Monday night at the 2010 James Beard Awards in New York City.
Jason Wilson, of Crush restaurant in Seattle, won the 2010 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Northwest” Monday night in New York City.
The chef/owner of the 5-year-old restaurant took to the stage at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, thanking his staff and his mentors as well as his wife, Nicole, whom he acknowledged as his restaurant’s “visionary.” It was the third time he had been nominated for the award.
In winning, Wilson bested Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, owner of Anchovies & Olives, Union, Tavolata and How To Cook A Wolf. There were three Portland chefs nominated for the honor, as well.
Seattle celebrity chef and perpetual nominee Tom Douglas, owner of several restaurants including Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Palace Kitchen and Lola, did not bring home the “Outstanding Restaurateur” medal, ceding that national title to New York City’s Keith McNally.
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Convinced it would be another no-go and putting his bets on McNally, Douglas stayed in Seattle, where he’ll host New York restaurateur and cookbook author Mario Batali Tuesday night at a sold-out book-signing event at the Palace Ballroom. Batali grew up in the Seattle area and his family owns Salumi in Pioneer Square.
In other news from the awards ceremony, the PBS series “Chefs A’ Field” (coproduced by Seattle-based KCTS-TV 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 showstopper starred the mighty Yukon River king salmon.