Good Eats

Southern Winners

By The EditorsMay 9, 2012

The James Beard Foundation Awards, held earlier this week, are pretty much the Oscars of the food world. The awards recognize chefs, cookbooks, bar and wine programs, and more. A big congrats to all the winners, but especially to those right here in Dixie, many of whom have contributed to the pages of G&G. Check out the stories and recipes below featuring some of the South’s finest, and for a full list of all the winners, click here.

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)
Chris Hastings
Hot and Hot Fish Club
Birmingham, AL

>Read Chris Hastings’ Good Dog Essay
>Get Chef Hastings’ recipe for Cinderella Pumpkin Soup

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten
Athens, GA

>Get Chef Acheson’s recipe for Braised Quail with Leeks, Dates, and Cider


Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene
Atlanta, GA

>Get Chef Hopkins’ recipe for Wild Rice Casserole with Mushrooms

Book Awards
American Cooking Category
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen
by Hugh Acheson

>Get Chef Acheson’s recipe for Bourbon and Spicy Ginger Soda cocktail from the book

Baking and Dessert Category
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

by Jeni Britton Bauer

>Read more about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Nashville, TN. And yes, you can order her ice cream by mail.