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State Bird Provisions chefowners Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza are riding high these days

State Bird Provisions chef/owners Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza are riding high these days.

Trendinista: Do social media rankings trump a Beard Award?

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Being nominated for a James Beard award is a huge honor and winning one is the pinnacle of any chef or restaurateur’s career. Yet just two restaurants helmed by 2015 Beard award honorees appear on a list of America’s Top 50 independent restaurants that channels the social media sentiment of 120,000 U.S. consumers. Even the winners of such of-the-moment Beard categories as Best New Restaurant (Batard) or Rising Star Chef (Manresa’s Jessica Largey) couldn’t cross over.

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