"The city has attracted dynamic, ambitious chefs and restaurateurs who often traffic in regionally specific food. This year, four out of five finalists in our region were chefs in New Orleans. We were trounced because that city's chefs are better known, their restaurants more often patronized by the people who matter ([James] Beard voters), and also because they are often doing more exciting and envelope-pushing work."

— Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay [Florida] Times food critic, explaining why Tampa Bay was shut out of the 2014 James Beard Awards. Reiley called New Orleans "Goliath."