Back Pats: Food News on Fieri, Mali and Davis

Fieri goes into burger biz, national kudos for Davis and Mali. Yay us.

If you think Guy Fieri is the only Sonoma County chef getting national kudos, think again. We’ve got a revolving door of praise coming our way on a pretty regular basis. Here are three notable epicurean announcements from our neck of the woods.

Adam Mali wins NYC Lamb Jam: Former Nick’s Cove Chef (now Exec Chef at SF’s MarketBar) was named Lamb Jam Master on Sept. 25 in the Big Apple. Four regional winners came together for the event, but SoCo’s Mali took top awards wtih his braised Fallon Hills Ranch lamb shank with lemon-stewed cannelini beans and a lavender mint gremolata.  “From San Francisco to New York, Chef Mali’s dish took home top honors and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Lamb Jam Hall of Fame,” said Megan Wortman, Executive Director of the American Lamb Board.

Sheana Davis of Epicurean Connection in Sonoma will be featured in a pilot show for Food Network with Top Chef All Star winner Richard Blais. During the show, Blais will be making cheese at Davis’ new Sonoma location, slated for an Oct. 15 opening.

Guy Fieri will be getting into the burger biz. The local food personality has joined with Carnival Cruise lines as part of a $500 million investment with familiar celebrities and brands. The on-board restaurants will be called “Guys Burger Joint” and feature hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries with original recipes created for Carnival. Condiments and sauces will be a main attraction, allowing eaters to create DIY burgers at self-serve stations. Decor will be California-centric with surfboards and coastal maps embedded in the tabletops.