While my feed is filling up with posts about the 4 semifinalists picked for the James Beard Award in Arizona, I can’t help but think of all those Chefs I feel should have been nominated along with them. By no means do I want to take away from their great accomplishment, we are all rooting for you to win this year and we’re proud to have you represent.
This is simply my ode to you guys and gals around town that didn’t see your name on the list, you know who you are. You get recognition here and there nationally but for some reason you keep getting overlooked for this award that holds so much value in your profession. Well, I see you and I know I’m not the only one. We see what you’re doing here in Arizona and how you’ve helped grow the food scene into what it is today. We see your hard work, we know your sweat, your tears and your sacrifice. It does not go unnoticed, I hope you know this. We might not be the James Beard Awards but we value everything you do and we are so grateful for the vibrance you have brought to our once vast and desolate land of chain restaurants. So to you I say today, don’t let this make your heart too heavy, don’t let this get you too down. Maybe next year they’ll pull their beard out of their a$@ and you’ll get some recognition too.
With so much love and gratitude, your humble and favorite foodie groupie…Diana aka Arizona Foodie