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Though he didn't exactly stay on topic, my new favorite comment poster, Cat Scratch Feeder, posed a second important question in the thread related to

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Ask the Critic Redux, Redux: Pellegrini Awards And The Return of Cat Scratch Feeder

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Though he didn't exactly stay on topic, my new favorite comment poster, Cat Scratch Feeder, posed a second important question in the thread related to my tireless search for green chile in places where green chile does not naturally exist. This one had to do with our upcoming Voracious Tasting & Food Awards--specifically with the nominations being taken for the vaunted Pellegrini Award. He wrote:

Hey Sheehan,

Not to go off subject, and I would like to try some of the Hatch chiles, [but] about the Pellegrini's:

I don't want to nominate anyone that's already been celebrated. Can you post a list of the previous winners and years and categories?

I've got some new nominees.

For you, Scratch? Anything...

In years past, the winners went like this:

Jon Rowley, former commercial fisherman and lifelong scholar of the seafood industry, won the big prize in 2006.

Bruce Naftaly of Seattle's Le Gourmand got it in 2007 for his twenty-some years of dedicated service in Seattle's restaurant industry and because he does French food with such a beautifully local slant.

In 2008, the prize went to Armandino Batali--because he's Armandino Batali and because his restaurant, Salumi, is the kind of place that most gastronauts imagine only in their most fevered dreams.

Chef, cooking instructor and food writer Greg Atkinson took the award in 2009, making him the most recent recipient of the honor.

So that's the field, Scratch. That's what the current crop of nominees have to live up to. And while I'd love to get a few more names into the hopper this year, I do have to put a cap on the nominating fun, and soon.

I'm going to say that there are now just 24-hours remaining to put up or shut up. So if you've got someone in town that you think deserves such an honor--some unrecognized genius, die-hard plugger or big time food celebrity who meets the nominating criteria established by the Pellegrini Award panel--let me know now.

Because by this time tomorrow, it's gonna be too late...

 
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