Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Camp Washington Chili honored in NY

By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        At the James Beard Restaurant Awards last night in New York, Cincinnati chili found its place in the spotlight amid some of the most famous and celebrated restaurants in the country.

        Camp Washington Chili was awarded the Bertolli Olive Oil America's Regional Classics Award for the Midwest. This award is given to a restaurant that has “timeless appeal, loved in its region for quality food that reflects the character and history of its community.”

        Founded in 1940 and owned for the past 40 years by John Johnson, the little lunch counter serves Cincinnati chili and double-deckers.

        Mr. Johnson did not attend the gala at the Marriott Marquis; he didn't want to leave his restaurant. His twin daughters, Maria Papakirk and Christine Johnson, were there.

        Another famous name in Greater Cincinnati dining also was at the awards ceremony. Jean-Robert de Cavel, executive chef at the Maisonette, downtown, was nominated for American Express Best Chef: Midwest, but lost to Arun Sampanthavivat of Arun in Chicago.


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