On all counts, Michael Psilakis has been on quite a roll. Though his two-starred Dona was shuttered due to a real estate snafu, he went on to earn a Michelin star at Anthos, one of only two Greek restaurants with this honor, his to-die-for gnudi recipe was featured on the cover of Bon Appetit, was named Esquire's chef of the year, and opened up Mia Dona, which just yesterday earned two stars from Frank Bruni. Now, to top it off, he's been named as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs of the year. Congratulations! The list is definitely lacking in the New York department, though. Where's the love?
Speaking of love, or more accurately, sex, the James Beard Foundation has announced that this year's Awards Gala will be super-hot, thanks to hostess Kim Cattrall, who is best knows for her role as Samantha on Sex and the City. Does Kim have any special qualifications or knowledge of the restaurant world? According to the press release, she "has a known interest in the culinary world which has been enhanced through her boyfriend Alan Wyse, a personal chef." Sexy, indeed. The gala will take place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on June 8, 2008.