“Seattle Chefs Get Screwed by James Beard Blunder”

Update: 2016 Leap Year Edition’s

chirchi and yang

Per the last edition of Seattle Outsider Musings, here’s the latest on the 2016 James Beard Awards for regional Restaurant & Chef finalists…
Despite pending doubt at the time of our most recent posting as to whether three Seattle-based semi-finalists in the Best Chef – Northwest category had a fair chance of becoming finalists, husband and wife team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule made the cut! The prestigious national JBA gala will be held this coming May 2 at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.  (The not-so-good news is the other nominated Best Chef – Northwest semi-finalist, chef Dustin Ronspies of Seattle’s Art of the Table, didn’t make the short list.  No word what, if any, impact JBA’s voting mistake had on the result…)
Yang and Chirchi’s humble Facebook reaction was: “Wow! Despite the ballot controversy, we made the list!  We are truly honored!!!  Congrats to [other JBA Seattle finalists] Canlis, The Whale Wins, Il Corvo Pasta, and Allecia Vermillion, Seattle Met Magazine.”

beard medal           lyric3



About Joule
3506 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5685

Joule, the first restaurant from celebrated husband and wife cooking team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, is re-located in October, 2012 to the innovative, newly developed the Fremont Collective in Seattle’s Wallingford/Fremont neighborhood.  From its original opening in 2007, Joule has cultivated a loyal dining fan base and captured the attention of an admiring local and national media captivated by the couple’s unique, modern perspective on Korean cuisine.  Joule, the mature sibling to Yang and Chirchi’s restaurant, Revel, highlights Korea’s love of beef featuring unconventional cuts accompanied by distinctive and shareable side dishes.

Until next time,


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