Since launching Underground Eats in February 2012, we have been honored to work with some truly outstanding culinary talent. From fairly unknown rising stars to world-renowned celebrity chefs, we have had the extreme pleasure of collaborating with incredible chefs who enjoy sharing their pure love of food as much as we love sharing the art of alternative dining with our members.
This week when the 2013 JBF Award finalists were announced, we were not shocked, but rather humbled, to discover how many chefs and friends we’ve worked with were nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award. While we are proud of and have tremendous respect for every chef featured on Underground Eats, we would like to take this opportunity to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to all those who were nominated this year! Below is our line-up of finalists who we have had the honor to collaborate with on past UGE events:
Nomination: Best Chef: NYC, The Spotted Pig
Why we love her: The girl knows her pig and has a great sense of humor. What more could you ask for? Plus- the burger with roquefort cheese & rosemary shoestring fries at The Spotted Pig has got to be one of the best in the city.
Nomination: Outstanding Chef, McCrady’s
Events with UGE: The Supper Bowl
Why we love him: Not only can this guy cook- but he’s an all-around easy going dude who will fly all the way up to NYC from South Carolina to do a crazy one-night-only event with UGE! Oh and his fried chicken skins at Husk are one of our favorite snacks of all time.
Nomination: Best Chef: NYC, Del Posto
Events with UGE: Taste of Tuscany
Why we love him: Chef Ladner has helped raise the bar for Italian cooking in NYC.
Nomination: Best Beer/Spirit Professional, Brooklyn Brewery
Events with UGE: The Godfather Part II at Nitehawk Cinema
Why we love him: Not only does he brew excellent beer but he’s also a great entertainer and lecturer. If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, we recommend you jump on the opportunity. (That is, if you love beer as much as we do.)
Nomination: Best Chef: NYC, Barbuto
Events with UGE: Charity Dinner at North End Grill
Why we love him: His legendary roasted JW chicken.
Nomination: Outstanding Pastry Chef, Del Posto
Why we love him: The Box.
Nomination: Best Chef: NYC, Marea
Why we love him: His bistecca at Marea- grilled creekstone 50-day dry aged sirloin, braised romaine, with bone marrow panzanella. Drooling yet?
Nomination: Outstanding Service
Why we love them: When dining at Del Posto’s “10 Champagnes You Should Know” private dinner, we were absolutely blown away by the level of service we received from the restaurants’ warm and professional staff. This nomination is not at all surprising, and neither would be a James Beard Award win.