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Update May 4: More details added below, general cleanup.
Update May 3: Sean Brock finds has garnered the 2010's Best Chef Southeast title at the James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday night, saying "holy shit!" when he found out ... and thanking "My mom, my wife, my family, food & bourbon!"
It's a real boon for Charleston, too, marking the third consecutive year a Charleston chef has won the Best Chef Southeast title (Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill in 2008, and Mike Lata of FIG in 2009.)
The James Beard Foundation Awards are considered the "Oscars of the food world."
Brock, a graduate of Johnson & Wales and has a real passion for local ingredients; he's going up against:
- Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA
- Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta
- Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
- Bill Smith, Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill, NC
You can check out the foundation's press release for the full list of finalists in all categories, but Brock is the only chef on it out of South Carolina.
Oh, and don't forget that last year Mike Lata of FIG took the Southeast category.