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Pizzeria Bianco---James Beard Worthy...Forget It..Lets Fight

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Pizzeria Bianco---James Beard Worthy...Forget It..Lets Fight

Chef Scott Simpson | Jan 20, 2001 01:58 PM

I am a chef and restaurant owner in Seattle. I spent many years as a chef in Scottsdale. I agree that Bianco's pizzeria is pretty good, yet all the gushing makes me sick. I as a chef cannot believe that he was nominated last year for a James Beard award. This award as you know is by region and selects only a handful of nominees. Robert McGrath who is an accomplished, outstanding culinarian was nominated and he has earned it. Bianco is just a talented guy who is a marketing machine. I do not feel that he deserves this many kudos. There are so many chefs that have much more talent than he. Marketing has just put him on top. I cannot recall what other kitchens he was manning before his own. Anyway, I love a good fight and I want to hear all the boo-birds come out of the woodwork or those that agree jump on the bandwagon.Maybe Joe at Pizza Hut will get the prestigious Beard nomination. You would think maybe a Brian Reilly of CREW or some young stud would get the nod.

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