Ten Winners Announced In The Bertolli First Annual Sous Chef Awards

Bertolli Olive Oil today announced the top ten sous chefs in the U.S. as part of their inaugural Bertolli Sous Chef Awards competition, celebrating the many dedicated, passionate rising stars laboring behind the scenes at top restaurants across the nation. The Bertolli Sous Chef Awards top ten sous chefs in the U.S. for 2001, are: Michael Anthony of March, New York, NY; Tyler Brassil of Empire, Providence, RI; Michael Dobias of Sun Moon & Spoon, Hastings, NY; Matthus Hoelzel of The Memphis Country Club, Memphis, TN; Carl Huckaby II, of The Brickyard Crossing Inn & Resort, Indianapolis, IN; Petal Joseph of Rialto, Cambridge, MA; Darwin Santa Maria of Fredbs Restaurant, Sarasota, FL; Gregory Short of The French Laundry, Yountville, CA; Ann Spillman of Tribute, Farmington Hills, MI; and Stefano Zimei of The Federalist at the XV Beacon Hotel, Boston, MA.

cWe created the Bertolli Sous Chef Awards to celebrate the unsung heroes of the culinary world, said Paul Barrett, Communications Manager, Bertolli USA. cWe want to bring these diamonds in the rough into the limelight, to make the world aware of what we already know - behind every great executive chef, there is a great sous chef. The competition was open to sous chefs working in any restaurant in the United States and the top ten were selected based on the following equally weighted criteria:

* Experience (professional, as well as student training)
* References from executive chef and other staff at restaurant where sous chef is employed
* Recognition of restaurant or sous chef (e.g., reviews, media coverage, awards)
* Skill (specific specialty, creativity in preparation and presentation)

Using the above criteria, the grand, first, and second prize winners will be selected and announced in August. The esteemed judging panel will include: Abigail Kirsch, founder, Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions; Alain Sailhaic, executive vice president, French Culinary Institute; Bonnie Tandy Leblang, nationally syndicated columnist; Nick Stellino, celebrity chef and book author; and Paul Barrett, chair of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Foundation and communications manager, Bertolli USA. The grand, first, and second prize winners will receive cash prizes and a special plaque, to be presented at a private press event and awards ceremony, attended by food media and other culinary influencers on Thursday, August 2, 2001.

The event will include a public celebration following the media reception, to benefit the Lyndhurst Historic Site in Tarrytown, NY, Americabs finest Gothic Revival mansion and a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The evening will consist of a walk-around tasting reception of the winning sous chefsb specialties. Tickets will go on sale to the public in June.

Bertolli Olive Oil, founded in 1865 in the town of Lucca, Italy, expanded its business worldwide in the 1950s. Today, Bertolli is the worldbs leading producer and marketer of olive oil in the United States and Italy. A staunch supporter of the culinary arts, Bertolli is a member and supporter of the International

Association of Culinary Professionals and the James Beard Foundation.

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