James Beard Foundation announces 2008 James Beard Awards

Considered by many to be the “Oscars” of the food industry, the James Beard Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall:

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR
Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, NYC

OUTSTANDING CHEF
Grant Achatz
Alinea, Chicago

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT
Gramercy Tavern, NYC
Owner: Danny Meyer

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC
Chef/Owner: Michel Richard

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARD
Gavin Kaysen
Café Boulud, NYC

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARD

Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE AWARD
Eleven Madison Park, NYC
Wine Director: John Ragan

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Terry Theise
Terry Theise Estate Selections, Silver Spring, MD

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

Terra, St. Helena, CA
Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani

BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA

BEST CHEF: PACIFIC (CA, HI)
Craig Stoll
Delfina, San Franciso

BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Eric Ziebold
CityZen, Washington, DC

BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Adam Siegel
Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, Milwaukee

BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Carrie Nahabedian
Naha, Chicago

BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY (FIVE BOROUGHS)
David Chang
Momofuku Ssäm Bar

BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Patrick Connolly
Radius, Boston

BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Holly Smith
Café Juanita, Kirkland, WA

BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Robert Stehling
Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC

BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO

BEST CHEF: SOUTH
(AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)
Michelle Bernstein
Michy’s, Miami

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