“But let’s be real, people,” Tate added. “I don’t care who you are, if you have an opportunity to earn way more money in another state or another business, I 100 percent think every last person will leave in a quick second and move on for the opportunity. Especially if it means they’ll set up their family for the rest of their lives and everybody will live comfortable and be happy. I think every single person in the world was gonna do the same thing I also did.”
2014 James Beard Awards Finalists Announced: For those who care, here's the massive list. And the nominees for Best Chef Northwest are: Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins; Jason Franey, Canlis; Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy; Naomi Pomeroy of Beast in Portland; and Cathy Whims of Portland's Nostrana. Seattle also got nominations for outstanding restaurant design for Westward (it is pretty great) and for Craig Welch's Seattle Times piece "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn." Otherwise, nada. UPDATE: I meant to include that Blaine Wetzel of the stellar Willows Inn on Lummi Island was nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year—he should totally win.