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.
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.