Atlanta restaurant Staplehouse, helmed by Chef Ryan Smith, was up for Best New Restaurant. The Old Fourth Ward spot has received accolades since opening in 2015, including a three star review from AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras.
The restaurant, the brainchild of Jen and Ryan Hidinger , functions as a for-profit subsidiary of the Giving Kitchen, a not-for-profit charity that provides emergency grants to metro Atlanta restaurant workers. Ryan Hidinger passed away in 2014 .
Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and Gunshow and Revival chef Kevin Gillespie were both finalists in the Best Chef: Southeast category.
It was Satterfield's fourth year being a finalist in the category. His book first cookbook “Root to Leaf” was a finalist in the photography category , but lost out to “Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel” by Heidi Swanson. Satterfield’s book was also nominated for a Julia Child First Book Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals .
Gillespie was a finalist in the category for the first time. He was also a finalist for a James Beard Award in 2013 in the Cookbook: American Cooking category for his debut cookbook, "Fire in my Belly."
In addition, Charleston chef Sean Brock, who opened his first Atlanta restaurant with Minero in Ponce City Market last fall , was named a finalist in the Outstanding Chef category.
Jonathan Waxman, who opened Brezza Cucina at Ponce City Market last year, won Best Chef: New York City.
Atlantans fared better at last week's James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards. AJC writer Wendell Brock and Atlanta chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis won in their respective categories at the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards.
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