History was made last night at the James Beard Awards Dinner Gala at Lincoln Center. A truly sustainable, organic-oriented chef and localvore Dan Barber was voted Best Chef in America. In an evening not always noted for its sustainability (the chef who won for Southwest region flies his fish in from the Mediterranean to Las Vegas) Dan Barber’s stunning achievement says a lot. As Clark Wolf said, “to have an intellectual farm chef win the award tells the whole story of what is important not only in America but, the whole world.”
In another notable sustainable moment, Nate Applebaum, Rising Chef Of The Year winner for A16 restaurant in San Francisco actually thanked “the local farmers” in his acceptance speech.
All in all, chuck one up for sustainability and congratulations to Dan Barber.