Once again, good luck to chef Colby Garrelts of Bluestem who was nominated in the BEST CHEF: MIDWEST category.
And this year's Lifetime Achievement Award went to Fritz Maytag for his work at Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco and Maytag Dairy Farms in Iowa (think Bleu Cheese).
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARDPresented by Waterford Wedgwood
A working restaurateur, actively involved in multiple restaurants in the United States, who has set uniformly high national standards as a creative force in the kitchen and/or in restaurant operations. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least ten years.
Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
Beverly Hills, CA
Jean-Georges Management LLC
OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARDPresented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as a chef for at least the past five years.
Minibar, Washington, DC
Blue Hill, NYC
Lucques, Los Angeles
Highlands Bar & Grill
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT AWARDPresented by S.Pellegrino®
A restaurant in the United states that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least ten consecutive years.
Boulevard, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Nancy Oakes, Owner: Pat Kuleto
Campanile, Los Angeles
Chef/Owner: Mark Peel
Gramercy Tavern, NYC
Owner: Danny Meyer
Jean Georges, NYC
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Charles Phan
BEST NEW RESTAURANTPresented by Lexus
A restaurant opened in 2007 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Chef/Owner: Michael Psilakis, Owner: Donatella Arpaia
Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC
Chef/Owner: Michel Richard
Fearing's at the Ritz Carlton, Dallas
Chef/Owner: Dean Fearing
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Chef: Matt Molina
Owners: Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich
Chef/Owners: Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud, Owner: Jeff Benjamin
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARDA chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
A 16, San Francisco
McCrady's, Charleston, SC
Café Boulud, NYC
Komi, Washington, DC
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARDPresented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a national standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past five years.
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Redd, Yountville, CA
Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE AWARDPresented by Waterford Crystal
A restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must have been in operation for at least five years.
Aureole, Las Vegas
Wine Director: Steven Geddes
Bin 36, Chicago
Wine Director: Brian Duncan
Eleven Madison Park, NYC
Wine Director: John Ragan
Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Wine Director: Andy Chabot
Picasso, Las Vegas
Wine Director: Robert Smith
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARDPresented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least five years.
Dale DeGroff Co., Inc., NYC
Merry Edwards Wines
The Eyrie Vineyards
Frasca Food and Wine
Terry Theise Estate Selections
Silver Spring, MD
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDA restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past five years.
Owners:The Canlis Family
Owner: Gary Danko
Owner: Tony Mantuano
St. Helena, CA
Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani
Owner: Mark Vetri
BEST CHEFS IN AMERICAPresented by American Express®
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Each candidate may be employed by any kind of dining establishment and must have been a working chef for at least the past five years. The three most recent years must have been spent in the region where chef is presently working.
BEST CHEF: PACIFIC (CA, HI)
Los Gatos, CA
BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Kansas City, MO
La Belle Vie
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Graham Elliot Bowles
Ann Arbor, MI
BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY (FIVE BOROUGHS)
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier
West Newton, MA
BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Five and Ten
The Dining Room
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)
Lotus of Siam
Frasca Food and Wine
Restaurant Le Rêve
San Antonio, TX
BEST CHEF: SOUTH (AL. AR, FL, LA, MS)
Palm Beach, FL
Hot and Hot Fish Club
Miami Beach, FL
19 Bridge Road (Route 176), Brooksville, ME
Owner: Judy Astbury
Bagaduce Lunch, a simple seafood shack overlooking Maine’s picturesque Bagaduce Falls, has been a summertime destination since it opened in the early 1960s. Local fishermen supply Judy Astbury, daughter of original owner Vangie Peasley, with just-caught seafood for her prized crab rolls, sweet scallops, and juicy fried clams. All that, plus sensational sides and Vangie’s homemade pies, make this a must for tourists and locals alike.
22 N. Chenevert Street, Houston
Owner: Irma Galvan
If you want to get elected to public office in Houston, you’d better be seen at Irma’s, Irma Galvan’s downtown Houston breakfast and lunch spot that’s become a community gathering place. Among the knick-knacks, kitchy artwork, and memorabilia that plaster the walls, business honchos and blue collar workers sit side-by-side enjoying authentic, high-quality Tex-Mex dishes like breakfast soft tacos and beef and ancho chile gravy, served with Irma’s famous fruit-laced lemonade.
304 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle
Owner: Jean Nakayama
With a rich history that stretches over a century—it has been around through both world wars, Japanese internment, and has even seen one of its former dishwashers become the Prime Minister of Japan—Maneki is the only surviving restaurant from Seattle’s once-bustling Japantown. Comfort food dishes like agedashi tofu and takoyaki share the menu with sushi and sashimi, satisfying homesick Japanese locals and introducing a new generation to traditional Japanese cooking.
7501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami
Owner: Cori Flam
Family owned for over 50 years, Jumbo’s was one of the first Miami restaurants to integrate in 1966 and was the first white-owned restaurant in the city to hire black front of the house workers. Known for its luscious fried shrimp, Jumbo’s also serves soul food favorites like oxtails and rice, chicken fried steak, and specialties named after local schools and sports teams. The neon sign that welcomes diners (24 hours a day) sums up the Jumbo’s experience with the words "a nice place for nice people."
Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap
1073 Vernon Park Place, Chicago
Owner: Joseph DiBuono
One of the few remnants of Chicago’s Little Italy, Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap has been owned and operated by the same family since it opened as a bar in the early 1930s. The small table in the bar’s kitchen has since expanded to include two dining rooms that are regularly packed with businessmen, police officers, families, and pre-game sports fans. The restaurant’s chalkboard menu offers diners Italian-American classics like lemon chicken, eggplant Parmesan, and fettuccini Alfredo at prices that make just about everyone a regular.
You can read more details on the James Beard website which underwent a face lift recently.
Announcement of the 2009 James Beard Nominees
2008 James Beard Award Winners
2007 James Beard Award Winners
Grant Achatz: Alinea