James Beard Awards 2009 Nominees Announced

James Beard Award 2009 nominations

James Beard Award 2009 nominations

The James Beard Foundation Award nominees for 2009 were announced today and my old colleague from Chicago days, Thomas Schlesser, was nominated TWICE for his design of the Publican in Chicago and Bar Boulud here in New York.  Great work although he is up against the star power of Philippe Starck for his design of Jose Andres new LA restaurant ‘The Bazaar’.  It will be a nail biter but my money is on Thomas as I like his work and not to mention that he’s up on Starck at least statisically speaking two nominations to one.  And he’s won this award before.  I know Thomas from my Chicago days and my work on Blackbird Restaurant.  Thomas and I actually won the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design in 2002 for the design of Blackbird.  It was a lot of fun and an honor to win.  So Thomas is an old hand at acceptance speaches :)

And speaking of Blackbird my man Donnie Madia got himself and Jason Pickleman nominated for Best Restaurant Graphics for their work on The Publican.  Congratulations on the nominations Donnie!  I’m sure the graphics award is wrapped up.