BREAKING: Beard committee member quits over transparency concerns

Resignation follows Birmingham chef's disqualification

f4a6196d-f574-463b-99d0-b2790b175280_4032x2267.jpg
Avatar photo
Avatar photo

Citing concerns over transparency, the South’s representative on the James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef awards committee on Thursday night resigned from the group.

Todd Price, who covers Southern food and culture for The USA Today Network, stepped down after AL.com reported that Best Chef-South finalist Timothy Hontzas was disqualified from the awards competition. Hontzas’s disqualification followed a James Beard Foundation investigation into an anonymous tip that he had yelled at an employee and guests at his Birmingham restaurant, according to AL.com, which cited an email that Hontzas provided to the outlet.

blue-line

This Article is included for subscribers to South Edition and our All-Access Plan.

BECOME A SUBSCRIBER

Help us cover food and drink across the American South as though it mattered as much as crime and politics (because it does.)