Skip Nav
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Is Basically Dessert Made Breakfast-Appropriate
Cooking Basics
5 Meals Tyler Florence Thinks Every Millennial Should Master
Ina Garten
18 Foolproof Ina Garten Recipes

Announcing the First Golden Clog Award Nominees

You may know the James Beard Awards, and you might also know the Food Network Awards, but have you heard of the Golden Clog Awards?

Food author Michael Ruhlman — you may remember him from The Next Iron Chef — and bad boy Anthony Bourdain have put their heads together and have created the Golden Clog Awards. They said it's born out of "too many beers and late night yakatori," and I think it's just downright fun. The categories are hysterical, and their reasons even more so. Bourdain has actually managed to nominate himself for an award even! The actual awards will take place this Friday, but if you're curious to see the categories — including "The Alton" and "The Douchebag" — and nominees,


The Fergus:For greatest achievement in pork, and/or guts
Martin Picard of Montreal's "Au Pied de Cochon"; David Chang of New York's "Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Ssam and ..."; Chris Cosentino of San Francisco's "Incanto"
The Alton: For being on Food Network and yet, somehow managing to Not Suck

Duff Goldman for Ace of Cakes--and for his relative low visibility and seeming lack of cooperation in the usual knuckleheaded FN Holiday co-branded clusterfucks; Ina Garten for actually cooking just about everything impeccably--and for (like Duff) being nearly invisible elsewhere on the Network; Giada de Laurentiis for doing everything (but the food) wrong and yet... still cooking consistently better than she has to.

The Mario: For the chef/restaurateur who best multi-tasked, multi-platformed, merchandised, whored himself, or opened multi-units (either while impaired--or not) and yet STILL managed to protect the quality of the mothership--while continuing to make valuable contributions to the restaurant landscape

Tom Collichio, Thomas Keller, Mario Batali

The Rocco: For worst career move

Gordon Ramsay for the cruel and pointless freak show that is Hell's Kitchen; David Burke for the "Hooters in a Hula skirt" non-charms of Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Times Square; Tyler Florence for Applebees, Applebees, Applebees

The Chef's Chef Award: Also known as The What's a Publicist? Award for the chef who continues to make the kind of food other chefs like, while flying largely under the national radar

Scott Bryan for Veritas and now -- some place in Virginia; Mark Vetri for Osteria and Vetri in Philly; Paul Kahan for Blackbird and Avec in Chicago

The Cat Cora Award: For most fame based on least actual culinary achievement

Guy Fieri for..."Tex Wasabi?"; Tony Bourdain--"One fucking book. Did this asshole ever work anyplace GOOD?"; Robert Irvine--"Sir Robert? Uh....Maybe not. Prince Charles' wedding cake? White House? Hmmm..not according to Walter Scheib....Five Stars? Who IS this guy? Really?"

Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places Award:

MJ Adams at the Corn Exchange in Rapid City SD; Andrew Meek at Sage in Windsor Heights, Iowa; Jim Kyndberg at the Bayport Cookery, Bayport MN; Stuart Tracey of the Pirogue Grill in Bismark, North Dakota

The Steingarten: For the writer or blogger who actually GETS it

Bill Buford for Heat; Pim for Chez Pim; Mike Nagrant for

The Douchebag: For the best example of twisted, repressed, or compromised "I'd rather be making lemon bundt cake with My Cat, Mr. Mufflesworth" journalist who actually HATES food and hates the people who make food even more

Alan Richman for taking a big Dump on New Orleans at the worst possible time. And for his totally disingenuous piece on celebrity chefs not being behind the stove when Alan chooses to dine; John Mariani for continuing to be John Mariani and do what he does so well. Which is--apparently--get free stuff; Bob Lape--"Do I have to pay for that?": Regina Schrambling for her deranged, embittered--yet, where she raves and rags on her former employers--(and Mario Batali) like an ex-lover-turned-bag lady.

The Swollen Liver Award: For the chef/or food person who has most consistently resisted the cruel attentions of PETA and the Food Police

Laurent Manrique, Michael Romano, Chris Cosentino, Ariane Daguin

The Crazy Bastard Special Achievement Award: For the chef/operator who did the most insanely wonderful or heroic fucking thing in recent memory

Chef Donald Link of Cochon in New Orleans.

The Supreme Order of Clogness Award: For the chef or restaurateur or food writer or food producer or food "personality" who simply did it best--or made the most significant thing, moved things forward, or changed the landscape of food in wonderful NEW ways

Winner to be announced.


Join The Conversation
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I love it, so freaking funny, and correct about so much (cat cora, guy fieri "poochie")
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
interesting - i love how creative people can get with awards and rationale for them
millysaps millysaps 9 years
bourdain rocks. i totally agree bluecanary.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
I love how catty these guys are! Me-ow!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
abfab75 abfab75 9 years
bourdain is my hero. I'll take a "no reservations" marathon anyday!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
He's awesome, loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove him. :D
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
How awesome is Bourdain? Let me count the ways....
kia kia 9 years
I feel ya on that one bluecanary. My husband is cool with Bourdain being one of my celebrity crushes.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
Very fun!
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
:D So funny! If I were a guy I'd hang out with Tony, get drunk and eat a lot of crazy food while he told me stories. I'd have to be a guy though, otherwise I wouldn't trust myself around him! ;)
kia kia 9 years
Ooooh, this means that Bourdain will be in South Beach this weekend for the awards. I may need to head to part of the Food and Wine festival.
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 9 years
This is too funny. I love Bourdain as well; he's so genius.
aembry396 aembry396 9 years
Classic, I love it...I love Bourdain.
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
That's awesome!!
Anthony Bourdain Reddit AMA September 2016
Top Chefs of 2016
Best Cookbooks For Fall 2016
Anthony Bourdain Thoughts on the Unicorn Frappuccino
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds