Fil-Am snags prestigious culinary award after 10th nomination
After 10 nominations over the years, a Filipino-American and the other owners of celebrated fine dining restaurant Canlis finally snagged a prize from the prestigious James Beard Award.
Canlis' wine and spirits director Nelson Daquip received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program with Canlis co-owners Brian and Mark Canlis on Monday at Chicago's Lyric Opera, according to the Seattle Times.
Canlis was praised for its "well-presented wine list," one that stretches to 88 pages, and a “knowledgeable staff" that strive to educate customers and help train four Master Sommeliers and nine advanced sommeliers.
A report on Honolulu Star Advertiser said Daquip left his hometown of Hawaii 15 years ago to become "the most rapidly promoted employee in Canlis’ history, rising from server assistant to wine director in only four years."
Daquip is currently an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and was responsible for Canlis winning ten consecutive Grand Awards from Wine Spectator Magazine.
He was also distinguished by the Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of the “Best New Sommeliers” of 2006 and Seattle Magazine as the City’s Best Sommelier in 2008.
A report on Seattle Met said Canlis' executive chef Brady Williams also represented the restaurant under the James Beard Awards' Rising Star Chef of the Year category.
James Beard Awards, a not-for-profit culinary arts organization, was founded in the name of the late American chef James Beard in 1991 to provide aspiring chefs culinary scholarships and to celebrate America's diverse culinary heritage. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News