February 17, 2011

Well-Deserved Honors for Cakes & Ale

I've professed my love for Decatur's Cakes & Ale here several times over the past couple of years. I do love my hometown haunt, but let's be clear, Cakes & Ale is not only Decatur's finest, it's clearly among the top dining destinations for ITP dining in Metro ATL. And it's not like I needed to feel validated in my love for Cakes & Ale, but recently the restaurant was recognized nationally for its brilliance. 
First, Chef Billy Allin was nominated for the title of The People’s Best New Chef 2011 by Food & Wine and CNN’s Eatocracy. The new award expands on Food & Wine's Best New Chef awards that the magazine has given out for many than 20 years. The new award has a field of nominees that includes 10 chefs in 10 regions throughout the country, but for this award the public determines the winner. The People’s Best New Chef via the February 15 through March 1 online voting competition. You can vote via the link above. I voted for Billy. You should, too!

As if that honor was not cool enough, I was recently informed that Cakes & Ale's Pastry Chef, Cynthia Wong, was nominated for a 2011 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef!  This is a well-deserved honor and only whets my appetite for what's in store when the new Cakes & Ale location opens with full bakery later in the Spring. 

Kudos to two fine chefs. 
And a thank you to them for continuing to put still funky 'ol Decatur in the spotlight as a dining destination.



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