North Carolina placed two of five chefs vying for Best Southeast chef award from the James Beard Foundation.
For the second year in a row, the Triangle’s own Andrea Reusing made the cut with her Asian-tinged locally sourced fare at Lantern in Chapel Hill. She’s in my book, of course, and even was kind enough to give me a blurb for the back cover. The other finalist is John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen, in the gated community of Lonesome Valley, in Cashiers, way west. John was the former executive chef at Blackberry Farm in Tennesse, possibly the most upscale “farm” in the country. I’m guessing that Canyon Kitchen would have been in my book had it been in existence when I was doing research. Next edition, perhaps?
Meanwhile, I just got a review copy of Andrea’s first cookbook, “Cooking in the Moment,” which I’ll write about soon. In a word: delish!