The chef behind Cafe Juanita had been a finalist for the past four years, so it was definitely time for her to win the prestigious honor.
I followed "live" blogging of the event on Eater.com, but the entertaining chatter didn't go beyond NYC stuff. I've eaten at Momofuku Noodle Bar, so I was excited to see chef David Chang recognized as best chef in the center of the restaurant universe. (If you go, do not miss the shrimp and grits with Tennessee bacon.
Don't you think it's about time Food Network started telecasting these "Oscars" of the restaurant world? Would you watch?