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Grub Street notes an e-mail making the rounds from a desperate young self-promoter in the world of fine dining:

"hey everybody, I need your help!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE vote for me for rising star chef [in the James Beard Foundation Awards]! I will trully be indebted to you all. And if you really wanted to, fwd to all your friends and have them do the same thing. Accually please fwd this, it will help. Danny Meyer does it all the time."

The coy SOBs have edited any identifying material out of the letter, but surely it shouldn't be too hard to find? We'd love a copy, and we promise to name names. Also, we are kind of in love with the "Danny Meyer does it" excuse; we're particularly interested in knowing what joint this fellow cooks at and if they serve shit with their shitakes.

Chef's Desperate Plea: Nominate Me for an Award! [Grub Street]