Chef José Andrés, of D.C.'s Café Atlantico, Jaleo, Oyamel, minibar, and Zaytinya, did not pick up a James Beard Foundation award last week, after scoring a nomination as Outstanding Chef. He did, however, win the A-List Chef title at the taping of Bravo's new A-List Awards at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom last Wednesday.
Hosted by comedienne Kathy Griffin, the show, which aired Thursday at 10 p.m., mixed food (New York's Bar Boulud nabbed the A-List Restaurant award) and fashion (Anna Sui won A-List Fashion), with the inevitable reality TV shout-out (MTV's Tila Tequila took home A-List Drama Queen).
Andrés' win brought the most action. Before walking offstage with his award, the chef was called back for a quick-fire challenge à la Top Chef—on which Andrés has made a guest appearance—against the show's judge Tom Colicchio. The two chefs quickly worked up sea bass dishes and named them both for Griffin, who spilled the plates onstage before they could be judged.
After the two-and-a-half-hour award show, some 300 guests convened at the Cellar Bar for the official after-party.