In addition to the decadence and Dionysian displays at the South Beach Wine and Food Fest this weekend there will also be a quirky awards show, courtesy of rock-star chef Anthony Bourdain and food writer Michael Ruhlman. Dubbed the Golden Clog awards (for Mario Batali's signature crocs) the awards will take place on beach Friday at 2pm. No word on location or if this event is open to the public. Eater's got a rundown of the nominees which include categories like "THE ALTON,"
For being on Food Network and yet, somehow managing to Not Suck and "THE MARIO,"
For the chef/restaurateur who best multi-tasked, multi-platformed, merchandised, whored himself, or opened multi-units (either while impaired--or not) and yet STILL managed to protect the quality of the mothership--while continuing to make valuable contributions to the restaurant landscape
Nominees: Tom Collichio, Thomas Keller, Mario Batali
Tee-hee. Food nerds, stay tuned.