In my opinion, Chef David Chang @ Momofuku Noodle Bar, for receiving the highly competitive Raising Star Chef Award. This honor is given to a chef under 30 who "display an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come". Congrats to Chef Chang!
Other notable winners include...
Outstanding Chef: Michel Richard @ Citronelle
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Michael Laskonis @ Le Bernardin
Outstanding Restaurant: Rick Bayless @ Frontera Grill
Outstanding Restaurateur: Thomas Keller @ TFL & Per Se
Outstanding Service: TRU , Chicago IL
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, CA
Best New Restaurant: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in New York
Best Chef Awards
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 5 YEARS. THE 3 MOST RECENT YEARS MUST HAVE BEEN SPENT IN THE REGION WHERE CHEF IS PRESENTLY WORKING.
**NOTE: This is a list of select regional winners
- Best Chef [NYC]: David Waltuck @ Chanterelle
TriBeCa NYC, NY ~ Make a reservation
- Best Chef [Great Lakes]: Grant Achatz @ Alinea
Chicago, IL ~ Make a reservation
- Best Chef [Midwest]: Celina Tio @ The American Restaurant
Kansas City, MO ~ Make a reservation
- Best Chef [Northwest]: John Sundstrom @ Lark
Seattle, WA ~ Make a reservation
- Best Chef [Pacific]: Traci Des Jardins @ Jardiniere
San Francisco, CA ~ Make a reservation
- Aunt Carrie's, Narragansett, R.I.
- Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, Miss.
- Primanti Brothers, Pittsburgh
- Brookville Hotel, Abilene, Kan.
- The Pickwick, Duluth, Minn.
- Weaver D's, Athens, Ga.
Cookbook of the year: Matt Lee & Ted Lee
The Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners
COOKBOOK HALL OF FAME: Mollie Katzen
ASIAN COOKING: James Oseland
Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia
BAKING AND DESSERT: Dorie Greenspan
BAKING: From My Home To Yours
PROFESSIONAL POINT OF VIEW: Alain Ducasse & Frédéric Robert
GRAND LIVRE DE CUISINE: Alain Ducasse's Desserts & Pastries
ENTERTAINING: Cheryl Alters Jamison & Bill Jamison
The Big Book Of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining: Spirited Recipes and Expert Tips for Barbecuing, Charcoal and Gas Grilling, Rotisserie Roasting, Smoking, Deep-Frying, and Making Merry
GENERAL: Roy Finamore
TASTY: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day
INTERNATIONAL: Marcus Samuelsson
The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa
PHOTOGRAPHY: Karl Petzke (Photographer)
MICHAEL MINA: The Cookbook
REFERENCE: Marion Nestle
What To Eat
SINGLE SUBJECT: John Scharffenberger & Robert Steinberg
The Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking & Cooking with Fine Chocolate
Congratulations to all the winners. Congrats to chef Achatz of Alinea for racking up yet another accolade. Congrats to Traci Des Jardins for what many believe is some long overdue recognition. And a really big congrats to Celina Tio for taking home the Midwest award, even if I didn't wish her luck ;-p
And a special congrats to the America's Classics, which I thought were pretty cool. Now I'll have to hunt a couple down.
2007 JAMES BEARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
RESTAURANT REVIEW: TRU Restaurant, Chicago, IL
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Alinea, Chicago, IL
INTERVIEW: Thomas Keller
2007 James Beard Foundation Award Winners
2008 James Beard Award Winners