Tuesday, May 8, 2007

James Beard Awards Announced

Chicago's Frontera Grill won Outstanding Restaurant of the Year and Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C. was named Outstanding Chef at the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony. Hosted by CBS Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, the Beard Awards were held May 7 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. More than 60 awards were presented by the country's pre-eminent nonprofit culinary organization, in its 20th anniversary celebration, and more than 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony. Other top awards went to: New York's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, named Best New Restaurant; Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca.) received the award for Outstanding Restaurateur; and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York) received the Rising Star Chef of the Year award. Celebrity and culinary superstar attendees included Stephanie March, Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Padma Lakshmi, and Marcus Samuelsson. The Foundation's Media Awards took place at a separate event at the Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 6. All Award winners received a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard, the esteemed chef, cookbook author, and food journalist. There are no cash awards. Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry in North America. For full awards results, please visit http://www.jamesbeard.org.

Beard Award highlights are:

AMERICA'S CLASSICS: Primanti Brothers, Demetrios Patrinos, Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Pickwick, Christopher Wisocki, Duluth, Minn.; Doe's Eat Place, The Signa Family, Greenville, Miss.; Aunt Carrie's, Elsie Foy, Narragansett, R.I.; I

Brookville Hotel, Mark and Connie Martin, Abilene, Kan.; Weaver D's, Dexter Weaver, Athens, Ga.

BEST CHEF, GREAT LAKES: Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago

BEST CHEF, MID-ATLANTIC: R.J. Cooper, III, Vidalia, Washington, DC

BEST CHEF, MIDWEST: Celina Tio, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.

BEST CHEF, NEW YORK CITY: David Waltuck, Chanterelle, New York, NY

BEST CHEF, NORTHEAST: Frank McClelland, L'Espalier, Boston

BEST CHEF, NORTHWEST: John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle

BEST CHEF, PACIFIC: Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco

BEST CHEF, SOUTH: Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

BEST CHEF, SOUTHEAST: Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, Ga.

BEST CHEF, SOUTHWEST: Nobuo Fukuda, Sea Saw, Scottsdale, Ariz.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Chef-Owner: Joël Robuchon, New York, NY

OUTSTANDING CHEF: Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF: Michael Laskonis, Le Bernardin, New York, NY

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Frontera Grill, chef-owner: Rick and Deann Bayless, Chicago

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman, Tru, Chicago

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL: Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, Calif.

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE: Mark Slater, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York, NY


IN THE NEWS: Yes, she knows it's a chain. But the Sun's Elizabeth Large still gives three stars to the new P.F. Chang's China Bistro, which opened in March in the Inner Harbor. Karen Nitkin also awards three stars to Smedly's, 600 S. Wolfe St. baltimoresun.com ... Baltimore magazine looks at: Artifact Coffee, 2010 Clipper Park Road; Highlandtown's Carlos O’Charlie’s Sports Bar and Grill, 3508 Eastern Ave.; and the Crown & Thistle, 10 Fila Way, Sparks. The mag also reports on the recent closings of the fine-dining Hampton's at the InterContinental Hotel, Golden Gate Noodle House in Towson, and the Italian eatery Buono in Mt. Washington ... Blogger The Baltimore Snacker visits longtime late-night (until 4 am) favorite Nam Kang Korean Restaurant on Maryland Avenue ... Blogger Johnny Dollar's Vault stops by the Big Kahuna Cantina ... Blogger Pigtown Pigout goes to Chesapeake Wine Co. in Canton. ... Baltimore Business Journal reports that "nearly 60 restaurants have signed up to participate in Baltimore Restaurant Week, a week in August when diners can bite into three-course lunch and dinner meals for a fixed price. Organized by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. and the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association and taking place July 30-Aug. 5, the promotion will offer lunch for $20.07 and dinner for $30.07. New restaurants participating this year include Lebanese Taverna, Brewer's Art, Eden's Lounge and Vin, in Towson." Baltimorerestaurantweek.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Smedly's www.smedlys.com is now open at 7AM