After an "honored" Danny Bowien took home the Rising Star Chef prize at the James Beard Awards last night, Inside Scoop (who flew to NYC for the occasion) hit him up for details on, well, everything. Most notable for locals is that Bowien, who's mostly been in NYC lately running the Mission Chinese Food outpost there, is planning on coming back to SF to open a second restaurant, with this coast's current MCF chef, Jesse Koide, at the helm. "It'll be Asian. It's not going to be Chinese — I don't think. I don't think I can convince Jesse to cook any more Chinese food?It's going to be a twin concept restaurant. We're actually going away for a lot of R&D."
Koide and Bowien have been working together since Bowien's days at Farina, Slow Club, and Bar Tartine, and despite the latter's ascendance, he says he owes Koide a debt of gratitude: "Jesse Koide is the person who taught me how to sharpen a knife. I don't think that everyone knows that. Jesse was my chef before...So we owe it to him. I was like, dude, let's open a place." (Want more intel on Koide? Check out this Tasting Table piece.)
In non-restaurant-related news, Bowien wore a seriously sweet pair of Air Jordan 11s to the ceremony, which Michael Jordan had made for wearing to press conferences and which Bowien had wanted to purchase for 15 years before shelling out for them on Sunday. They go for $100-200 on eBay, but, you know, food-world Oscars, time to live a little.
· Danny Bowien on his next San Francisco project [Inside Scoop]
· Bowien, State Bird, Kostow Win 2013 James Beard Awards [~ ESF ~]