'Top Chef' Alums Up For 2010 James Beard Plums
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It's a long way to go before the return of Top Chef Masters (April) and an even longer wait before the seventh season of the regular Top Chef resumes its culinary operations. But the good news is, a couple of Top Chef alums, not to mention head judge Tom Colicchio are up for  the prestigious 2010 James Beard awards.

Runners-up Kevin Gillespie aka Bearded Kevin and Bryan Voltaggio and Colicchio are all semifinalists for the so-called Oscars of Food, aimed to honor the finest chefs, restaurants, journalists, cookbook authors, among others.

Bryan, brother of Top Chef season 7 winner Michael V., is up for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef, while Kevin is up for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award. Tom, however, is on a league of his own, as he is in contention for the title of Outstanding Chef.

Bryan's Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland, received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant 2009, an award that went to Jean Georges in New York.

Gillespie, meanwhile, is the co-owner and executive chef at the Woodfire Grill Restaurant in Atlanta. He was invited to compete in the Bocuse d'Or USA cooking competition, for the opportunity to be the U.S. representative in the 2011 international Bocuse d'Or, but later withdrew due to not having enough time to prepare.

Colicchio, 47, finally, is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals for cooking accomplishments, aside from his regular duties as head judge of Top Chef.

Source: Baltimore Sun
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