Inaugural “Good Food Awards” Honors American Gourmet Traditions

Judges Include Nell Newman, Paul Bertolli, Alice Medrich

Posted by Sharon on Aug 1

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Today marks the beginning of the search for the next "Good Food." As of today, it's not just about the chefs anymore. Artisan food producers now have an awards ceremony to call their own.

The inaugural Good Food Awards will honor and recognize excellence in seven categories: chocolate, coffee, beer, cheese, charcuterie, pickles, and preserves. These foods must be tied to communities and cultural traditions, produced responsibly, and (of course) delicious.

Entries will be awarded at a special ceremony in San Francisco on January 14, 2011, at the Ferry Building. The winners will have the "Good Food" seal affixed to their food product as well as an invitation to participate in the ceremonial food tasting event on that day.

Several celebrity chefs and food critics are judging the event, including former "Gourmet Magazine" editor Ruth Reichl, Newman's Own creator Nell Newman, Paul Bertolli of Fra' Mani, award-winning cookbook author Alice Medrich, and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

"The modern heroes aren't the chefs anymore; they're the artisans. They're the ones who are changing American food," said Reichl.

Any national gourmet food producer is encouraged to submit a nomination. Awards will be given to producers and their food communities from each of five pre-selected regions of the US. Nominations will be accepted through September 15th.

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle via SF Gate

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