Georgia chefs Hugh Acheson (Five and Ten in Athens, Ga.) and Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta) tied for Best Chef in the Southeast, while Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Ala.) took the medal for Best Chef in the South.
The Southeast category covers Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Nashville's Tandy Wilson (City House) and Tyler Brown (Capitol Grille) were named as semifinalists for the award in the first round back in February; Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., made it to the second round in March.
Nashville's celebrated new fine-dining spot The Catbird Seat was one of 10 semifinalists for Best New Restaurant. Last night's winner in the category was Chicago's Next, owned by Grant Achatz. (Both of Catbird's chefs, Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson, have worked for Achatz in the past.)I reported yesterday. Acheson, whose other restaurants include The National in Athens and Empire State South in Atlanta, won the cookbook category titled American Cooking for his A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, $35).
Honorary Nashvillian Jeni Britton Bauer, whose company Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams chose Nashville for its first retail store outside Ohio, won best cookbook in the desserts category for her work, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home (Artisan Books, $23.95).