The nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today and Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of Prune Restaurant in New York has been nominated for “Best Chef, New York City.” Hamilton is also author of the New York Times best selling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.
She sat down with NPR’s Guy Raz recently to discuss the book:
As Blood, Bones & Butter details, Hamilton spent the years that followed working in various restaurants and getting into trouble — stealing cars, doing hard drugs and almost getting arrested — before finally turning things around. She got married, had two kids and now devotes herself full-time to her work as a chef and restaurant owner, as well as her work as a writer. She has written for countless newspapers and magazines and sees this first book as only the beginning of her writing career.
“I really like the way writing and restaurant work go together — they sort of counterbalance and are an antidote to each other,” she says. “So if I could, I’d like to stay right where I am: some writing, a lot of restaurant and my kids, and that’s a pretty full life right there.”
Read more and listen to the interview here.