"Appetizers" sends its congratulations to Timothy Hollingsworth, a former Placerville resident, who won the "rising star chef" category in the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Hollingsworth, a 1998 graduate of El Dorado High School, currently serves as chef de cuisine at The French Laundry in Yountiville, Ca.
You may have seen Hollingsworth as a guest judge on "Top Chef," and also headed Team United States in the 2009 Bocuse d'Or World Cuisine Contest in Lyon, France. Not bad for a guy who got started cooking in his senior year at Zachary Jacques in Placerville. Winning this James Beard Award, which is the culinary equivalent of winning an Oscar, is another nice coup for this increasingly acclaimed chef. We're certain we'll be hearing plenty more about him soon.