Food & Wine’s blurb about Button:
WHY SHE’S AMAZING Because she’s channeling the skills she gained through her envy-inducing background to make authentic Spanish tapas.
QUINTESSENTIAL DISH Fried eggplant with honey and rosemary
HOW SHE GOT INTO THE FOOD BUSINESS Her mother was the chef-owner of a catering business in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
ALTERNATIVE CAREER Button was about to start a PhD program with the National Institutes of Health before dropping out to pursue a culinary career.
ON EL BULLI After a stint as a server, Button later returned to do a seven-month internship in the pastry kitchen. “We made something like 50,000 chocolates that season,” she says.
This is Button’s third honor so far this year. Button was recognized previously by GQ as Curate was listed as one of the 12 outstanding restaurants of 2013 and Button is a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Rising Star Chef of the Year.
The James Beard nod created some controversy since Button does not rock a beard. You can read more about the controversy here.
Vote for Button because it is your local duty and hot damn is that fried eggplant good!