Looks like Asheville restaurants hosted yet another award-winning chef this week. Johnny Iuzzini, a James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef well-known for his work at the New York Restaurant Jean Georges. Iuzzini, an avid motorcycle rider, tweeted about his visit. A sample:
Going to see my buddy @BryanVoltaggio tonight at Volt. Gps says 468 miles from here. Im sure blue ridge pkwy will add
Heading to tupelo honey cafe for birthday biscuits and jam before hitting the blue ridge parkway and going north. #jifoodride
I am way behind in posting photos- ill catch up once i am home. Thanks everyone for following my #JIfoodride
“@josephlenn: def hit up the admiral.” Just stopped by- closed- they were nice enough to make me a dessert though- monkey brd #JIfoodride
Im stuffed but im heading to the admiral anyway! #JIfoodride #stickaforkinji
Heading to @chocolatelounge! #JIfoodride
Heading to @curate now then possibly admiral or ???? #JIfoodride
Thanks everyone for the asheville recs- prob hit curate first and then go from there… Need a shower first! 🙂
More from johnnyiuzzini.com:
In May 2002, Chef/ Owner Jean Georges Vongerichten named Johnny the Executive Pastry Chef at his famed four star name-sake, Restaurant Jean Georges, as well as its café, Nougatine. With this move, Johnny achieved much success. In November 2002, Johnny was awarded the title of “Best New Pastry Chef” by New York Magazine’s Gael Green in its First Annual Chef Awards. In April 2003, Johnny was nominated for “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. In June of that year, Johnny was named one of the “10 Best Pastry Chefs in America” by Pastry Art and Design Magazine. He received the same honor in 2004, as well. Johnny joined Jean Georges in the opening of his newest restaurant, Perry Street, in June 2005. Johnny assumed the role of Executive Pastry Chef for this restaurant in addition to his responsibilities at Restaurant Jean Georges and Nougatine. Perry Street earned three stars from the New York Times.
During that same year, Restaurant Jean Georges earned its most prestigious award to date, three Michelin stars. It was one of only four restaurants in New York City to receive this honor. It continues to maintain this honor today. In May 2006, The James Beard Foundation awarded Johnny “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year”. In March 2007, Forbes.com identified Johnny as one of the 10 most influential chefs working in America today. Of the 12.8 million restaurant and food service outlet employees, these 10 were arguably doing the most to tease, surprise and gratify our national appetite.
Thanks to loyal reader Dusty for the heads-up!