Among national awards,
Staplehouse, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently awarded three stars, is in the running for Best New Restaurant
Jarrett Stieber of Eat Me Speak Me
is among those chefs under the age of 30 nominated as a Rising Star Chef. Two local bakers,
Robert Alexander of The General Muir (and
the new TGM Bread
) and Sarah O'Brien of Little Tart, were both nominated in the Outstanding Baker category, while Kimiko Nishimura of Tomo was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Bacchanalia was once again nominated for Outstanding Service and Ford Fry sees his name in the hat again for Outstanding Restaurateur. In the libations arena, cocktailian haunt Kimball House is in the running for Outstanding Bar and two Atlanta restaurants – Empire State South and Miller Union – are both semifinalists for Outstanding Wine Program.
Local names are also accounted for among the 20 chefs nominated for Best Chef: Southeast. They include Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale, Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow, Steven Satterfield of Miller Union and first-time nominee Ryan Smith of Staplehouse.