Lady Chefs Rock the James Beard Awards!


So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park’s Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstanding Wine Service to Belinda Chang at the Modern. The Outstanding Service Award went to Per Se, and Best Chef: New York City to Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune. Hell yeah, ladies! Rock on! And for a full list of winners …

Best New Restaurant ABC Kitchen, NYC, Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Owner: Phil Suarez

Outstanding Chef Award José Andrés, minibar, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award Angela Pinkerton, Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant Award Eleven Madison Park, NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer

Outstanding Restaurateur Award Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

Outstanding Service Award Per Se, NYC, Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award Julian P. Van Winkle III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY

Outstanding Wine Service Award The Modern, NYC, Wine Director: Belinda Chang

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH) Alex Young, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs) Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT) Tony Maws, Craigie on Main, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY) Andy Ricker, Pok Pok, Portland, OR

Best Chef: Pacific (CA, HI) Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS) Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV) Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT) Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas; Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin, TX

2011 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees

Jonathan Gold
Writer, LA Weekly
Los Angeles

Lee Jones
Farmer/ Owner, Chef’s Garden
Huron, OH

Charles Phan
Chef/Owner, The Slanted Door
San Francisco

Frank Stitt
Chef/Owner, Highlands Bar and Grill
Birmingham, AL

Nick Valenti
CEO, Patina Restaurant Group

2011 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards

Chef Vola’s
111 South Albion Place, Atlantic City, NJ
Owners: Louise Esposito, Michael Esposito, Michael Esposito Jr., Louis Esposito

Crook’s Corner
610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Owner: Gene Hamer

Noriega Restaurant and Hotel
525 Sumner St., Bakersfield, CA
Owners: Linda Elizalde McCoy and Rochelle Ladd

Le Veau d’Or
129 East 60th Street, NYC
Owner: Robert Tréboux

Watts Tea Shop
761 N. Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
President and CEO: Sam Watts

2011 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Zraly

2011 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year