ASHEVILLE- When it comes to beards, Jay Adobe does not discriminate between men and women.
In fact he prefers his women to be bearded.
But when Adobe heard clean-shaven chef Katie Button of Curate had been chosen as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award, Adobe was a bit perplexed.
“Beard awards should stay in the hands of the bearded community,” said Adobe.
“Let me be clear, I love Curate and think Katie Button is a wonderful chef. But give her a clean-shaven award or a food award, not a beard award. There probably isn’t a spec of hair on her face. Somewhere out there, there is a tear stuck in a beard that has been shed with the knowledge non-bearded people are now winning beard awards. ”
Button wasn’t the only Asheville chef nominated for the James Beard Award. Chef Elliot Moss of the Admiral was also named a semifinalist.
“See now Moss makes a little bit more sense, because he has that mustache going on right now,” said Adobe.
“A half beard is better than no beard my friend. But I just feel if you are going to keep your upper lip warm why disregard the rest of your face. No reason to play favorites with your face parts let the beard embrace your entire face like a blanket.”
Adobe explains he wrote a very stern letter to the James Beard Foundation asking the organization to take the word beard in their name more seriously.
Button was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year, an award she was also nominated for last year. Moss was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Southeast.
Finalists in each category will be announced March 18th.