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Local chef receives top culinary award

Local chef receives top culinary award

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KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A Lummi Island chef has received one of the top awards in the culinary world.

Blaine Wetzel was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation at its annual awards dinner in New York last night.

The event is often called “The Oscars of food.”

Wetzel is the chef at Willows Inn on Lummi Island.

He won the title along with Jimmy Bannos Jr. of the Purple Pig in Chicago in the first-ever tie for the award.

Wetzel says it’s “An honor to be included among all these other great chefs from around the country.”

His parents from Olympia and his fiancé were at the awards dinner with him.

 

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