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Monday, June 09, 2008

2008 JAMES BEARD WINNER

posted by snekse
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And the winner is...

In my opinion, Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali, for receiving the Outstanding Restaurateur Award which was an insanely competitive category this year. Congrats to chef Grant Achatz @ Alinea in Chicago who's been racking up praise left and right, including his James Beard Award as Best Chef: Great Lakes for 2007. And a really big congrats to Adam Siegel for winning Best Chef: Midwest amongst some tough competition. Way to put Wisconsin on the culinary map for something other than cheese and beer.

Other notable winners include...

2008 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Outstanding Restaurateur:
  Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali @ Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Outstanding Chef:
  Grant Achatz @ Alinea
Outstanding Pastry Chef:
  Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson @ Tartine Bakery
Outstanding Restaurant:
  Danny Meyer @ Gramercy Tavern
Outstanding Service:
  Terra, St. Helena, CA
Outstanding Wine Service:
  John Ragan @ Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional:
  Terry Theise @ Terry Theise Estate Selections

Best New Restaurant:
   Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Rising Star Chef of the Year:
  Gavin Kaysen @ Café Boulud, NYC

Best Chef Awards:

2008 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards

See the list here.

James Beard Foundation Books Awards

COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
The River Cottage Meat Book

COOKBOOK HALL OF FAME: Paula Wolfert
Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco

ASIAN COOKING: Niloufer Ichaporia King
My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking

BAKING AND DESSERT: Peter Reinhart
Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

PROFESSIONAL POINT OF VIEW: The French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine

ENTERTAINING: Trish Magwood
Dish Entertains: Everyday Simple to Special Occasions

GENERAL: James Peterson
Cooking

HEALTHY FOCUS: Jean Harvey-Berino with Joyce Hendley and the Editors of EatingWell
The EatingWell Diet

INTERNATIONAL: Anne Willan
The Country Cooking of France

PHOTOGRAPHY: France Ruffenach (Photographer)
The Country Cooking of France

REFERENCE: Rowan Jacobsen
A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

SINGLE SUBJECT: David Wondrich
Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar

James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Website: Epicurious.com
Multimedia Writing: Grub Street @ nymag.com
  by Josh Ozersky and Daniel Maurer
Television Food Special: Top Chef Holiday Special
Television Show: Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Webcast: Stewards of the Land @ GrapeRadio.com

Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

  • Dan Barber ~ Chef/Owner: Blue Hill
  • Anthony Bourdain ~ Author and Chef
  • Nancy Oakes ~ Chef: Boulevard, San Francisco
  • Russ Parsons ~ Writer, The Los Angeles Times
  • Zanne Early Steward ~ Former Executive Food Editor, Gourmet
  • Steve Sullivan ~ Founder/Owner, Acme Bread Company
RELATED LINKS:
2008 JAMES BEARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Alinea, Chicago, IL
2008 James Beard Foundation Award Winners
Live blogging coverage of the awards

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